October 20, 2020

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era housing rule

One of Trump’s top priorities since entering office is removing red tape that stands in the way of economic progress. In service of this objective, the Trump administration has issued a new rule that ends an Obama-era regulation that has prevented communities from allowing new housing to be built according to their needs.

The Obama administration’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) was targeted by the Trump administration because it was “unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with.”

According to the Associated Press, the AFFH is “a provision of the Fair Housing Act that requires local governments and zoning boards to submit detailed plans on how they intend to address racial disparities in order to obtain funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden has affirmed his commitment to expanding the AFFH, a position that former New York Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey recently slammed in a Real Clear Politics op-ed:

Starting in 2015, Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development bureaucrats imposed a cookie-cutter requirement “balanced housing” in every suburb. “Balanced” meant affordable even for people who need federal vouchers. Towns were obligated to “do more than simply not discriminate.” As HUD’s 2013 proposal explained, towns had to make it possible for low-income minorities to choose suburban living and provide “adequate support to make their choices possible.”

Towns had to scrap zoning, build bigger water and sewer lines to support high-density living, expand schools and social services and add mass transit. All pushing up local taxes. Towns that refused would lose their federal aid.

The rule was one of the worst abuses of the Obama-Biden administration — a power grab masquerading as racial justice.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson suspended the Obama-era rule shortly after joining the Trump administration in 2018. Carson denounced the rule because local jurisdictions would be “forced to comply with complicated regulations that require hundreds of pages of reporting.”

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought hailed the decision to roll back the AFFH, saying that it’s a “major win for the American people … Washington should not have the power to social engineer our communities by leveraging federal resources. Thankfully, President Trump has stepped in to protect our neighborhoods, communities and families from the heavy hand of government.”

“In nearly every case, it is a fact that local governments are more adequately equipped to deal with their community’s unique needs than any unelected bureaucrat in Washington,” Carson explained on Wednesday.

The AFFH will be replaced by a new rule called Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice, which “will help promote housing that is affordable, decent, safe, and free from discrimination,” according to the White House.

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17 Responses

    1. Trump rolled back the first step in federal control of zoning – an announced plank in the DNC party platform. I guess you don’t think that amounts to much Rose. That is sad. Relax. Go back to sleep. Let Biden, Pelosi and the Democrats (Socialists) win. You’ll find out.

  1. Where ever the American people can remove any long arm of federal government that imposes controls over any given community, those controls should be eliminated.

  2. Obama was nothing but a con man and the Democrats let him get away with it, now he thinks he is still the leader, but he will be supprised when he is charged with some of the things he did

  3. I thought I was the only one who noticed and didn’t like the Head Lines. Thanks for re-enforcing mand complaining about it as well.

  4. We Consevatives like our news straight not embellished with attention grabbing headlines. Everything that President Trump does is news worthy and we need the text but not fancy headlines.
    Thank you for the news on our great President Trump, we ALL love that!

  5. Races, religions, tribes, gangs, politicians…you name it…are discriminatory towards those who do not conform to their ideology (of the day), tenets …blm, antifa leftist terrorists etc., are discriminating against those who do not kowtow to their agenda…the irony…

  6. 3 BENEFITS OF Dem NEWS (LIES) & such. IS STARTING A WAR WITH ONCE FRIENDLY PEOPLE.
    GIVING AMERICA TO PEOPLE THAT HATE US. HELPING TO END (AMERICA).
    REALLY NOT BENEFITS. ???
    THE COUNTRY THAT BUILT THIS EMPIRE, IS NOW BEING GIVEN TO THE ENEMY OF AMERICA,
    BY THE FAKE NEWS.

  7. Under Obama it was as if the devil himself was in charge. He lied, stole tax payers money, cheated everyone out of the AMERICAN DREAM, make horrible decision’s that crippled the economy, sent our jobs overseas with NAFTA, partied hearty on American tax dollars, bowed to the Middle East leaders, apologized to the world for America’s greatness, spent more money that all previous presidents to bail banks that sat on the money, would not hold a Christian prayer but held a Muslim prayer, said we were no longer a Christian Nation, crippled our military, his wife spent $29 million more than Trumps wife just for her staff annually, constantly lied so much it was said that Kenya has the Lion King while we have the King Liar, and played golf more than any other president instead of working. But then when all you are is a puppet for the party why work?
    Sounds like the devil to me.

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