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Annapolis to pay $900K to settle public housing lawsuit

September 10, 2020 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The City Council in Annapolis, Maryland, has approved a $900,000 settlement in a federal race discrimination case that involved public housing.

The Capital Gazette reported Wednesday that the city will pay 15 families. The amount includes the plaintiff’s attorneys fees and costs.

The plaintiffs claimed that the local housing authority failed to provide safe and adequate housing for its majority-Black residents. The plaintiffs claimed that they endured hazardous living conditions that amounted to racial discrimination and a violation of their civil rights.

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The agreement also contains various provisions. They include a requirement that the city inspect and license housing authority properties, which is something the city has been doing since last year.

The city is not admitting to any wrongdoing. And it will pay the settlement with money from its self-insurance fund.

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