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Because the federal government’s solution to America’s housing problems has been so successful…
The Department of Education and the Department of Transportation are joining with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a behemoth effort by the Obama administration to force inner-city diversity on America’s suburbs.
In what amounts to social engineering on steroids, a de facto regional annexation of America’s suburbs, the federal agencies are adopting a strategy that allows them to dictate to states and local communities how to set up schools, housing and mass transit, The Daily Caller reported.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Education Secretary John King and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a “Dear Colleague” letter last week informing state and local leaders the HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule is being expanded to the other two federal agencies to help achieve racial diversity goals in residential, commercial and school site development.
According to the Daily Caller, the AFFH is based on the 1968 Fair Housing Act that requires any locality that receives block grant funding from the agency to rezone neighborhoods based on income and racial prerequisites.
In effect, the rule allows the feds to dictate local and state zoning laws and force affordable housing into middle-income and upper middle-income suburban neighborhoods. The rule may also be used to punish municipalities by withholding federal housing dollars when areas fail to achieve racial diversity quotas.
“We recognize that a growing body of research supports the benefits of socioeconomic and racial diversity in schools and communities, and that such diversity can help establish access points for opportunity and mobility,” the three agency heads said in the letter.
“We also recognize that children raised in concentrated poverty or in communities segregated by socioeconomic status or race or ethnicity have significantly lower social and economic mobility than those growing up in integrated communities,” the trio wrote. “Rising economic segregation means that an increasing number of low-income households are located in distressed neighborhoods where they face challenges such as failing schools, high rates of crime, and inadequate access to services and jobs, making it harder for individuals and families to escape poverty.”
The party that created the entitlement class in America is now interest in helping people escape poverty and to be sure, government is the solution in their eyes.
The secretaries want local leaders to overcome obstacles to “accessing opportunity” and to “provide broad-reaching benefits … to ensure that every child and family is provided with transportation, housing, and education tools that promote economic mobility,” the Daily Caller reported.
“This document proves what I’ve been saying for six years: The federal government is planning to take control of the American suburb and forever change it in the false name of equality,” Westchester County, N.Y., Executive Rob Astorino said.
“If HUD gets its way, small town America will literally disappear,” he added. “It will be forcibly urbanized by Washington social engineers.”
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