Turncoat Republicans help Dems make HUD a National Zoning Board to Reshape U.S.

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Senate Republicans, who locked hands with Democrats in a Kumbaya moment to further strip away our rights, have stopped an attempt to defund the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation.

The AFFH is something we covered last year; it’s a new Obama administration regulation that is meant to radically alter the way your community looks, by setting up what essentially amounts to a national zoning board. Under AFFH regulations, the Obama administration has given the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the task of remaking America.

The HUD regulation mandates that any community that receives HUD funding must now conduct detailed studies of its housing occupancy by race, ethnicity, national origin, English proficiency, class, and a whole slew of government data points that will then be housed in a national database. These data points will then be used by the federal government to force communities to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial specifications.

Here comes the National Zoning Board

The regulations basically turn HUD into a National Zoning Board, with the power to unilaterally rewrite local zoning laws and fundamentally reshape the American landscape.

Suburbs and small towns throughout the country will be forced to import minority and low-income populations into their communities in the name of equality and social engineering. New “high-density housing developments” — something most people would call government housing projects or ghettos — will be built in these communities to house people who cannot afford their new neighborhoods.

Senator Mike Lee (R), a vocal opponent of the regulation who attempted to defund the AFFH, released a statement after the Senate killed his amendment.

The original intent of the Fair Housing Act was to protect the God-given right of individuals and families – no matter their skin color or ethnicity – to buy and rent homes where they please. By contrast, the explicit purpose of HUD’s new rule is to empower federal bureaucrats to dictate where a community’s low-income residents will live.

…The danger of AFFH is not that HUD will direct local governments and public housing authorities to make specific changes to their zoning policies. It will just threaten them, by tying obedience to federal Community Development Block Grants.

CDBG is a federal-grant program controlled by HUD that allocates $3 billion per year to local governments to help them address a variety of community-development needs, including providing adequate and affordable public housing.

Traditionally, local officials have been free to use their CDBG grant money according to their community’s needs and priorities. But under AFFH, HUD officials will withhold a local government’s CDBG funds unless that local government adopts HUD’s preferred housing policies.

President Obama, when the AFFH regualtion was announced last year, defended the government overreach and the government housing database by saying:

“By opening this data to everybody, everyone in a community can weigh in.” … “If you want affordable housing nearby, now you’ll have the data you need to make your case.”

Lee said in his floor speech on his amendment Wednesday that AFFH would “unilaterally rewrite local zoning laws and land-use regulations in every city and town in America.”

Say Goodbye to Single Family Homes!

As I pointed out last year when this regulation was first proposed, if you live in a nice single family home community you may soon find yourself in a neighborhood you barely recognize. In fact, it’s very possible that your community could be rezoned to build tracks of Section 8 apartment buildings — again a nice way of saying government housing projects.

Sound farfetched? Well just look at what Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s advisory committee on housing tried doing in Seattle last year. In the name of equality, they actually set forth rules to ban single-family zoning in Seattle. And remember, just last month The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development began putting the finishing touches on regulations that will make living in an RV or a mobile Tiny Home illegal for most people. It seems the American Dream of home ownership is under attack at every level.

21 Comments

  1. Jake
    May 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Nothing will stop Obama, the Democrat Socialist Party and traitorous Republicans, from destroying the United States of America. Aided by the corrupt media and stupid, easily manipulated American voters, there seems to be nothing to get in their way. I’m not sure we will make it to the elections at the pace corrupt Democrats, Obama and Republican scum are passing laws, executive orders and regulations to remove of freedoms.

    • R. S.
      May 31, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Maybe this will be the last straw, waking up the idiots who voted for these socialist thugs.

      • Hmmm..The Donald is looking better & better. As an Aussie observer, I think your Government, and ours, both need a real good shake up!

  2. jason burgess
    May 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I heard that the mayor of Seattle just bought a 1.5 million dollar mansion in Seabrook, WA. a very private community of wealthy families on the Washington coast… When are the low income houses going up in Seabrook? probably never…

  3. B from CA
    May 22, 2016 at 2:14 am

    The Communist agenda is the end of private property. It has been more than two hundred years since the American Revolution. We are overdue for another one that will settle all this planned destruction of the American way of life. Off with their heads!!!

  4. Shootit
    May 24, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Where does their legislation have jurisdiction? They only have jurisdiction in their territories. What is “United States” territories as defined in the Constitution?

  5. Rob
    May 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    At this rate why don’t they just abolish States altogether and make all fifty into one homogenous national government. Why even pretend to elect State and Local governments anymore when the Central Party Dictator could just start appointing them.

  6. Betty S. Elmore
    May 31, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Every day that goes by we are in more danger from the reps that are suppose to protect us from our dictators in our gov. Say goodbye to what is left of our constuitution. Get ready folks our way of life and freedom is over.

  7. David
    May 31, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Why not post the names of the republicans who voted for the bill?

    • G
      May 31, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I’m all for that. They won’t get my vote come election time. It’s time to clean house from top to bottom.

  8. Justin Wachin
    May 31, 2016 at 7:12 am

    The 10th amendment to the Constitution should be followed. Zoning issues need to be handled locally by the citizens of the town, village, community, county, or parish. Washington bureaucrats have shown they are unable to operate our government in a fiscally responsible way. They don’t have the sense, ability or time to try to micromanage my street.

  9. Barry Brinker
    May 31, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The original intent of the Fair Housing Act was to protect the God-given right of individuals and families – no matter their skin color or ethnicity – to buy and rent homes where they please. How about where they can afford? Why don’t we just abolish achievement all together. There are a lot of 2 million $ and up neighborhoods in our city. I can’t afford a house in one of those neighborhoods, therefore I do not expect the gift fairy to grant me the deed to one. I hate to ask but why does someone who has not earned their way into one of these neighborhoods NEED to live there? What exactly does the government think is going to happen? Is the desire to achieve the means to this type of housing going to rub off. Nope, just the opposite. Why bother when you already live there.

  10. Gary Cook
    May 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Come on Donald Trump you can fix this problem

  11. Maurer
    May 31, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    More blackmail – cities portion of the 3 million HUD funds will be withheld. Cities should be able to determine their own destiny. No more single family homes is ridiculous. I bet Obama won’t be living next to poor folks. I live in a duplex with a black lady on the other side so I am not predigest.

  12. Richard Garrett
    May 31, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Liberal Hypocrisy. Big me, Little you!
    Like other Dictatorships, the few at
    the top have it all. How is this more
    righteous than Capitalist Elites?

  13. duh
    June 1, 2016 at 5:13 am

    The last time I checked Dictators dictate and his government flunkies bow
    down. Let’s face it politicians will say and do anything for their power
    and money. Two terms for all elected politicians, read all laws, and take the power of unelected state and federal workers to write their regulations and codes. Codes should be voter by the effected people.

  14. Noel Stiles
    June 1, 2016 at 6:47 am

    It would appear that our President Zuma bent the ear of President Obama. In my once beautiful country things have changed for the worse. Presentable townships are being converted into not so presentable townships and be damned with the people who had invested in what they thought to be a place to live in peace and security. The Zuma’s of the world live in mansions far from the influence of low cost housing and do not give a damn about the negative influence that they have inflicted on people who have committed to living a peaceful and secure life. You have been warned America. Don’t take it without a fight.

  15. Bob Helbing
    June 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    If you are going to write an expose’ about this vicious effrontery on our liberties why not publish the names of the GOP and DEM lousy pols that voted for it??? Then we know for certain who to oust on the next go around.

  16. Sometimes the RINO’s cause us as many problems as the Dems. Although too many times both parties are merely the state in disguise.

  17. Concerned youth
    June 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Cool article.

    However, what are we doing about it? What CAN we do about it? What are the steps I need to take o preserve my housing situation? We need solutions in addition to the reporting. I want steps and plans to battle these attacks. The lack of planning and tangible goals is WHY these things pass and we continue to lose. We lose because we are not organized.

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