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Annapolis public housing ban settlement reached

ANNAPOLIS — Annapolis housing officials and the American Civil Liberties Union say they have settled a suit over a policy banning family and friends of residents if they were deemed to be detrimental to residents’ quality of life.

Residents who had faced eviction for allowing banned individuals onto the premises will now be able to designate those individuals as “invited guests” who will be issued renewable passes.

The ACLU sued in August 2009 claiming the policy violated the right of free association.

Carl Snowden, chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, said the compromise maintains the safety of residents and visitors. ACLU attorney Deborah Jeon commended the housing authority for working to ensure safety while protecting civil rights.