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Maryland Nonprofit Group Files Housing Lawsuit

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Baltimore, MDA nonprofit group in Baltimore, Maryland, that promotes equal housing opportunities has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming an apartment complex in the state offered fewer available apartments to black tenants, the Baltimore Sun reports.

According to the lawsuit, two black "testers" for Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. were informed that only one apartment was available at the Middlebrooke Apartments and Town Homes complex in Westminster, Maryland.

On the same day last August, two white "testers" were told that between 12 and 14 units were currently available or would be available soon, according to the news provider.

The lawsuit was filed against New York-based Home Properties, which owns the apartment complex, and Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. is seeking undisclosed monetary damages and legal fees.

While housing discrimination in Baltimore has become rare, an attorney representing the nonprofit told the news source that "when you look at the surrounding counties, you will see that there are more instances of discrimination in housing—not only racial discrimination, but discrimination with people with disabilities, family status discrimination."

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