BNI - Fair Housing


Dear Friends,
In 2013, we at BNI continued our work for Justice in Housing by addressing dozens of fair housing inquiries from those concerned about discrimination, responding to thousands of calls from tenants and landlords around the State seeking to better understand their rights and responsibilities, distributing hundreds of state and local guides providing information on tenant-landlord law in Maryland and local municipalities, educating the public, housing providers, government officials and other stakeholders at over 100 events around the State so that Marylanders may avoid evictions and foreclosures, stay in their homes, or find a safe, habitable home of their choosing.

Our work is performed day-to-day by a dedicated knowledgeable and passionate staff who cannot be thanked enough for the work they do providing essential information to Maryland citizens and the honest housing providers and services whose commitment to providing shelter and homes builds communities and strengthens neighborhoods. 

2014 will be an exciting year for us as we celebrate BNI’s 55th anniversary and the 100th birthday anniversary of James Rouse, who along with Sydney Hollander, Jr. and Ellsworth Rosen pioneered BNI’s incorporation on March 20, 1959.

BNI is also grateful to our grantors, sponsors and contributors, without whose financial support we would not be able to exist as Maryland’s only statewide nonprofit organization focused on fair housing and tenant-landlord issues.

Our ability to continue this unique and essential work for housing justice in 2014, as well as in 2059 and beyond, ultimately depends on you! We know you have many options in giving to charity and we appreciate your considering BNI this year. While your tax deductible gifts in any amount are appreciated, perhaps you will consider a gift in recognition of our 2014 milestones in the amount of $55 or $100 or even $550.  To make your gift, visit our products/donations page.

I hope you appreciate the artwork that accompanies this message and will consider purchasing notecards and/or postcards displaying this beautiful work by Bernard Kleina. Please  view/download the linked order form for more information.

Best Wishes,



BNIUpcoming Events

"Fair Housing Matters” Regional Seminars

BNI has scheduled 2014 Fair Housing Matters seminars on February 28th in Carroll County, on March 20th in Howard County and on April 2nd in Talbot County.  The following topics will be discussed: 
•     Fair Housing Act
•     Discriminatory Internet Advertising
•     Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications
•     How to file a fair housing complaint
•     Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
•     Tenant-Landlord Rights and Responsibilities

These events are open to the public but space is limited.  Please see the event flyer for details on time, location, registration, deadlines, etc., of each seminar.



BNI’s 55th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting will be held on May 21, 2014 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.


" I got sent to a lot of places for help before finding you guys, and this is the first time I feel like I’ve been told what’s right. Maybe now I can legally get rid of my ‘houseguest’ who just won’t leave."Shana (PG County, MARYLAND)

" The apartment complex managers wouldn’t put a “handicapped parking only” on the space closest to my door, even though I’m disabled and have trouble walking more than a few feet (and I even have a state parking permit). Without your help, I would have had to move to out. "Patricia (Baltimore County, MARYLAND)