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If you like your property values … Obama’s HUD pushing low-income housing into middle class areas

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The Obama administration apparently believes diversity begins at home.

Maybe your home.

The administration is moving forward with regulations this month that would force local governments to mandate low-income housing in better-off American neighborhoods, according to The Hill.

Although discrimination in housing was outlawed in the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development claims unintentional segregation still exists due to economic realities, and local government policies.

The new rule is designed to address these concerns by forcing upper middle class residential areas to accommodate low-income housing.

The regulations would use grant money – some of which is currently used to improve schools parks and libraries in poor urban areas – as an incentive for local governments.

Republicans argue the program essentially forces local governments to give over control of American neighborhoods to federal bureaucrats.

“[The administration] shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, R–Ariz., according to The Hill.

“American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government.”

Advocates of the new rule argue that it is needed to help poverty-stricken families escape crime-ridden communities. But Gosar, who is leading an effort to stop HUD from adopting the rule, says the end result will be neighborhoods that are less appealing to middle-class Americans.

“Instead of living with neighbors you like and choose, this breaks up the core fabric of how we start to look at communities,” Gosar said. “People have to feel comfortable where they live.”

There is also concern over how the new rule would impact local zoning laws. In theory, the agency could dictate what types of homes are built, and who would be permitted to live in those homes, according to Gosar.

Critics have also suggested that moving low-income housing into wealthy communities will depress property values, causing trouble for existing home owners.

Far from “spreading the wealth around,” Obama’s latest HUD regulation appears to be redistributing poverty among American neighborhoods in the name of diversity.

And people seem to know it.

Michael Schaus


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