Defund HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

Background: On July 8, 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finalized language for a new housing regulation named the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH). This new 377 page rule, first implemented in mid-August of 2015, empowers the Federal government to audit the demographic and socioeconomic status of local communities in order to force state and local governments to enhance diversity among its community makeup.

All local jurisdictions that receive HUD funding, particularly through the Community Development Block Grant program, are subject to this rule and must identify factors and communities assets that contribute to the racial disparities in their communities compared to those at the local and regional level around them. Once this evaluation is complete, localities must develop a plan on how to fix the racial disparities and submit it to HUD for approval.

Problem: AFFH effectively turns HUD into a National Zoning Authority for every locality across the country. Suburban neighbors will have to compare themselves with neighboring cities and essentially rewrite their zoning laws and pay for affordable housing projects and other community development projects to encourage housing diversity and affordability in their communities.

According to department officials, this rule is needed because “increasing a neighborhood’s appeal to families with different income and ethnic profiles can encourage a more diversified population and reduce isolation.” While this may be a goal worth pursuing, local authorities, not unaccountable federal bureaucrats should be making these decisions.

As Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) so plainly puts it, “In other words, this new regulation is designed to give unelected, anonymous bureaucrats in Washington the power to pick and choose who your new next-door neighbor will be. If they don’t believe your neighborhood is “diverse” enough, they will seize control of local zoning decisions—choosing what should be built, where, and who should pay for it—in order to make your neighborhood look more like they want it to.”

Solution: Congress must use its Constitutional power of the purse to defund any implementation of the AFFH rule. The House of Representatives has already passed Rep. Paul Gosar’s (AZ) amendment to defund the AFFH rule and attached it to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016. The Senate must now take up and pass Sen. Lee’s AFFH defunding amendment to make sure this reaches the President’s desk and is signed into law. Local communities, not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., should determine the social and economic makeup of their own neighborhoods.

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6 thoughts on “Defund HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

  1. Please do not allow President Obama to dictate who lives in our neighborhood. Freedom means all people have the right to keep what they have legally earned and decide where they will live. Creating better jobs by supporting businesses will allow more people to be able to afford attractive communities for their residence.

  2. Unbelievable how the present administration has eroded our freedoms and our federal reps have done nothing to stop this king/dictator. We need new leaders.

  3. This is just an example of our over-reaching government and their plan to flood our nation with immigrants, both legal and illegal, and that is all it is intended for

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  5. All of this stems from one source: the 1946 Fedaral Adminstrtive Procedures Act, where Congress gave to agencies of the Esxecutive Branch the power to write laws and create taxes (fees), making the agencies self supporting. This flies directly in the face of separation of powers and the Constitution’s edict that ALL laws are to be written by the Congress and Congress has the power of taxation.

    Congress must repeal the Administrative Procedures Act or the power of the Executive and Judicial branches will only grow more and more oppressive.

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