Imagine working hard to afford the home of your dreams. You rode through the neighborhood many times dreaming about the prospect. It was a dream come true when your family was able to finally move into this home.
Then one day you received a letter from the federal government’s HUD stating that the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule (AFFH) dictates that your neighborhood was selected to begin having a “fair housing” project scheme in your area. The government required that people receiving housing assistance be placed within your neighborhood.
According to Senator Mike Lee, “Proponents of AFFH, including Obama, claim that it fulfills the original purpose of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA). But the truth is, HUD’s new housing rule isn’t the fulfillment—but a betrayal—of FHA. The original intent of the FHA 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.”
This rule allows the federal government to audit areas and determine if there is enough diversity. The rationale for doing this is when local governments apply for federal grants. If they are found to be not diverse enough they must agree to mandate builders and developers to adhere to “fair housing” amongst other means to achieving fairness.
Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted with Democrats to stop Senator Lee’s amendment to not fund AFFH. Let’s pray that Trump rolls this harebrained dictate back and keep our representatives accountable.