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Obama Administration Mandates Diversity In Suburbs

Investors Business Daily – by Paul Sperry

Under a sweeping new federal housing mandate, the Obama administration threatens to withhold funding for cities and counties that fail to remove local zoning laws and other potentially “discriminatory barriers” that restrict low-income housing in wealthy neighborhoods.

More than 1,200 municipalities will be impacted by the highly contested rule, which the Housing and Urban Development Department put into effect Wednesday.  

The agency seeks to combat discrimination in affluent suburban areas, while also desegregating poor urban areas where it says too many minorities lack access to good schools and jobs.

“A ZIP code should never determine a child’s future,” HUD Secretary Julian Castro said.

The massive 377-page regulation requires local authorities to take “meaningful actions” to diversify neighborhoods. Municipalities that don’t comply risk losing millions in federal grant money. Some could face federal housing-bias probes.

Critics say HUD’s far-reaching mandate is an intrusion on the affairs and responsibilities of local governments, and opens the door to Washington dictating zoning and land use decisions.

They argue the development of subsidized apartments and other affordable housing in low-density areas could increase crime and congestion and lower property values. It could also stretch school systems.

While HUD concedes that limiting such housing does not necessarily make communities racist, the agency asserts that it reduces the “fair housing choices” for minorities who can’t afford to live in those areas.

“While zoning and land use are generally local matters, when local zoning or land use practices violate the Fair Housing Act, they become a federal concern,” HUD warned in its rule.

In 2013, HUD expanded Fair Housing Act violations to include racially neutral policies that have a “disparate impact,” or disproportionate burden on minorities. The Supreme Court in a narrow ruling last month upheld the disparate impact doctrine.

HUD’s new rule, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” requires municipalities “to perform an assessment of land use decisions and zoning to evaluate their possible impact on fair housing choice,” it said. “This assessment must be consistent with fair housing and civil rights requirements .”

“An example of disproportionate housing needs would be found when a significantly higher proportion of the jurisdiction’s black residents experience a severe cost burden when compared to the proportion of the jurisdiction’s white residents experiencing a severe cost burden,” HUD notes.

In a companion “Fair Housing Assessment Tool,” HUD counts “land use and zoning laws, such as minimum lot sizes, limits on multi-unit properties, height limits, or bedroom-number limits as well as requirements for special use permits (and) occupancy restrictions” among “factors contributing to segregated housing patterns.”

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1 Response to Obama Administration Mandates Diversity In Suburbs

  1. Paraclete says:

    If I wanted to live amongst those who are of the
    economically challenged crowd, I would.
    The same goes for the more prosperous crowd.
    I choose to live where I am, for the simple reason,
    that I don’t care for either of those two groups.
    One group will drag you down, where as the other
    group will corrupt your way of thinking.
    To be forced to live near others whom are deemed
    undesirable is totally unacceptable, as like all the other
    social engineering being forced upon America at large.
    Friends, we’re in a war.
    And it’s got to be obvious to even the village idiot by now.
    Previously, and up to now, it’s been a culture war.
    Now, those lines have been crossed by the current
    weasels in power, and there’s NO going back…ever.
    Expect things to get worse by the day….for they will.
    The social and political “TERRORISTS” are hard at
    work, pushing the buttons, which will keep their
    beloved “fearless leader” in power….and so far,
    they’ve done what they’ve set out do accomplish.
    Friends, it’s up to the couragous and righteous, to fend
    off these domestic “TERRORISTS” ……
    Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves !
    For if you fail to do so, you’ll be erased.

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