NOTE: I lifted parts of the following essay from an article on the powerlineblog.com, by John Hinderaker, on July 12, 2015, see the entire article HERE.
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 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. …
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.”
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.”
The New York Times editorial board thinks this is great, of course. A reader endorses their position, and has some suggestions for where local authorities should start putting subsidized housing:
I know exactly where to start: whatever white-topia the Sulzburgers live in. Let’s integrate that. Hyannis, Massachusetts, also comes to mind. And I especially want to make sure that subsidized integrated housing gets built right next door to Nick Kristof, too.
In fact, EVERY Dem elected and appointed official, and every liberal editorial board member, should VOLUNTEER as to how they personally will “affirmatively further fair housing” right where they live. Let’s begin with Chappaqua, New York.
I also like the idea of regional housing vouchers and regional consideration of zoning. I would apply it especially in suburban Boston and the northeast generally. In fact, let’s break up the towns themselves. They are creations of the state legislature anyway, so why have them in their current form if they perpetuate disparate impact in housing? LOL! The whole point of having little exclusive bedroom communities is precisely to have disparate impact!
Let them put their money where their double-talking two-faced hypocritical mouths are. Give it to them good and hard.
Let’s not forget Marin County, either. According to Wikipedia, Marin County, which may be America’s most liberal, is 80% white, 5.5% Asian, and only 2.8% African-American. This is obviously a place in need of more affordable housing: the most recent census shows 61,264 single-family homes, compared with a measly 210 mobile homes and 1,316 multifamily residential units. Those numbers show that Marin County desperately needs large, subsidized apartment complexes where minorities can live close to good job opportunities and schools. More mobile home parks, too. In the 2014 governor’s race, by the way, Marin County voted 78% for the Democrat and 22% for the Republican. So I am sure a majority of its residents will applaud the Obama administration’s new “fair housing” initiative and will welcome its application to their communities.
I just read an article today about a mob of black “youts” who attacked a white mother and her two children in her car just blocks (1.9 miles) from Obama’s Chicago home. They were yelling at her that she didn’t belong there ’cause she was white.
What are the chances that Barack and Michelle will go back to Chicago and live among their black brothers and sisters on S. Greenwood Avenue? No [bleeping] way – that was (obviously) a rhetorical question. They have no intention of returning to a neighborhood populated by black thugs and hooligans. No, they’ll move to Hawaii, to a multi-million dollar mansion in a diverse neighborhood (populated by both millionaires and billionaires).
Did you know? That Barack’s middle initial (“H”) stands for “Hypocrite”?