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Delegate Impallaria weighs in on District 7 housing issues

The following was provided to The Aegis and www.theaegis.com by Del. Rick Impallaria of District 7, representing Harford and Baltimore counties:

Del. Rick Impallaria has received calls from constituents seeking answers about the Ansar Peace Village in Joppatowne. These concerns come from not only the area affected but also from eastern and northern Baltimore County and Harford County. This is an update on this ongoing issue.

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Official housing discrimination complaints have been filed with the federal Fair Housing Administration. Del. Impallaria is working with the constituents who filed them, and the complaints are moving forward. Dels. Impallaria and Pat McDonough have had a 181-page federal lawsuit filed against them, charging them with holding up building permits and anti-Muslim discrimination. In reality, state delegates have no power to hold up county permits. They oppose the project because it is a clear violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1967. The only action they have taken is to hold town hall meetings, attempting to get answers to constituents’ questions. The Maryland Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has advised them that this is clearly within their capacity as state representatives, and for that reason the OAG has agreed to represent them to ensure that as elected officials their reputations are not tarnished and their ability to perform their duty is not curtailed by a frivolous lawsuit.

A second housing issue arising now is the proposed additional Section 8 housing in the more rural areas of Baltimore and Harford Counties. Del. Impallaria does not support this move, since historically Section 8 has always damaged communities and property values.

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Delegate Impallaria stated: “I will continue to be vocal on both these issues and will not back down because of attempts to intimidate me. These types of housing issues must be stopped, not allowed to further destroy and segregate our communities.”

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