Thursday, June 11, 2015

Obama's new regulatory push: We need to put poor in wealthy neighborhoods

Does that include his ... and others in his financial circle?

President Obama is pressing forward with regulations to diversity wealthy neighborhoods – and critics of the idea haven't been shy, calling out the idea as ridiculous and an irrational way of advancing the White House's own vision of a utopian society.

Wealthy? Obama wants the poor to be your neighbor.
The rules, coming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, would offer grant money to communities as incentive to build more so-called affordable housing in wealthy neighborhoods, the Hill reported. The grant dollars could also be used to make improvements in poorer areas by providing libraries, groceries, parks and schools.

"HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all," a spokesperson for the federal agency said, the Hill reported. "The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds."

And civil rights people are cheering.

Debby Goldberg, vice president at the National Fair Housing Alliance said the country has "a history of putting affordable housing in poor communities," and this regulation would rectify that perceived bias, the Hill reported.

But not all see the idea as feasible or palatable.

"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," said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., who's leading up a House effort to block the rules, the Hill reported.

Another critic, Heritage Foundation fellow Hans von Spakovsky, said the regulations seemed to be yet another way for Obama to inject race into a policy discussion.

"It's a sign that this administration seems to take race into account on everything," he said, the media outlet reported.

The regulations are due this month. In order to qualify for the grant money, interested cities would have to look at their communities' patterns of segregation and devise plans to counter them.

The Hill reported the regulations would impact up to 1,250 local governments in the country.

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