06.06.2014 62

Racial quotas for local zoning decisions?

hudBy Robert Romano

In October, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to finalize a rulemaking to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to achieve racial and income integration.

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities. These range from the rather small — Nashua, N.H. received $583,000 that year. To the rather large — New York City received $210.9 million of the grants.

Now, under the new rule, HUD will empower itself to nationalize local zoning decisions in every single one of these localities in an attempt to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.

“This is a utopian pipe dream, and social engineering at its worst,” Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens said.

“Neighborhoods are constituted not based on racial quotas, but on economics,” he added.

Mehrens called on the House of Representatives to defund implementation of the rule via a rider to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill coming up next week.

A trial run for the rule has already occurred in Westchester County, N.Y., where the department has attempted for years to rezone the area as a condition for receiving millions in grants.

County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, told HUD to go pound sand, and simply rejected the receipt of $5 million of grants from 2012.

Westchester lost out on some $7 million of grants from 2011 for the same reason.

“It is unfortunate that HUD, which claims to champion the needy, once again is threatening to withhold funds for affordable housing,” said Astorino spokesman Ned McCormack in April. “But the county is not going to turn over control of the local zoning of its six cities, 19 towns and 20 villages to bureaucrats in Washington for $5 million in grants.”

HUD was demanding that the county build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 more affluent communities.

Now, Astorino, running for governor this year against Andrew Cuomo, is challenging in federal court the legal basis under which HUD can even condition the grants in exchange for changes to zoning.

Now, call me a cynic, but this probably has nothing at all to do with integrating communities on the basis of race or income. More likely, this is a pretext to tilt the political scales on the national and local political scenes for the next generation to favor Democrats.

It is no secret that Republicans with their low tax message tend to do better among the middle and upper middle classes, while Democrats with their social welfare regime tend to do better among the poor.

The solution for Democrats? Via regulation, force communities dependent on federal funding to build more homes and apartments where Democrats are likely to live.

If for no other reason, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives should defund the new rulemaking, which represents an existential threat to its continued viability as a national political party.

But, leaving that aside, it’s also completely insane from a policy standpoint. Forcing wealthier communities to build so-called affordable housing units could depress property values, increase local taxes, and place a greater strain on public services.

It also violates the constitutional balance of powers between the federal, state, and local governments. The federal government has zero role, constitutionally, in local zoning decisions. That is a matter for county and municipal boards.

Besides, it will not do a thing to alleviate actual housing discrimination, ALG’s Mehrens noted, “Housing discrimination based on race has been illegal for decades. There is no discrimination in people choosing for themselves where they want to live, and yet that is exactly what HUD is seeking to regulate.”

Robert Romano is the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.

  • jwatersphd

    A bit of honesty – thanks. An existential threat can drive a lot of “policy” decisions. As politicians are always accused of doing, amazingly, the right pays attention to its survival like everyone else. Refreshing.

  • rmwayne

    As usual, the feds are siding against anybody who’s white, heterosexual or Christian. The federal govt. is the worst enemy we have. They’re determined to tax us to death while buying the votes of welfare scum until the country has completely been destroyed. Anytime these criminals do something morally illegal like build some housing project or gerrymander districts to help so called ‘minorities’ and hurt white people, property values go down while crime rates skyrocket.

  • One

    This is not going to work. It will be total chaos. People work hard to get away from the ghettos and trailer parks and what lives there. I am sick of my money being taken and then used to fuck up the life I am working for.

  • Ashby McDonald

    It would be helpful if you could cite your sources for this article. Otherwise we are left to take your word for it. Has there been any press release by HUD regarding this proposal? I can’t find anything on HUD’s website.

  • noob

    Obama………………….bringing the ghetto to your neighborhood.

  • Robert J. Romano

    Hi, Ashby. I forgot to include the link to the rulemaking. I’ve updated the piece, or you can see the regulation for yourself at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/19/2013-16751/affirmatively-furthering-fair-housing#h-19

  • Christy

    Look at what happened to Moreno Valley in CA. It was an ‘affordable’ beautiful new community where the ghetto trash from the L.A. area were able to purchase a home but they brought their trash with them and now its a sh*t hole of a community. Homes lost their value before the crash due to the scum that inhabited it. Even though this happened prior to Obama, everything this admin. does is by design, not by accident.

  • Robert Quance

    We do not need more low income housing. We need more jobs so we do not need the low income housing but to get a job you need the education and our PUBLIC SCHOOLS suck at education so we need vouchers to solve the education problem.

  • Art Hock

    When a politician has anything to do with a job you can be sure it is criminal, stupid, overpriced, and will never work.

  • WilliamSpires

    Will the government have enough volunteers to move into the highest murder rate neighborhoods in places like Chicago ? I don’t think this can be accomplished by just drawing lines on a map but they may get more tax money from a higher income groups to rebuild the rough neighborhoods for the drug dealers to destroy again.

  • lihartke

    Government GONE WILD. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRATS DO. THROW THEM OUT. Lets see if they will force THEIR community to do this, somehow I think not. We should all make these politicians implement it in their TOWN FIRST. DEMOCRATS ARE FREAKS.

  • Funny how the wealthy make the rules and then when “trouble” is planted in their neighborhood they scream for all the right reasons, but try to make it appear differently. Any group of people above those that want to live in poverty and be handed things, don’t want to live around lo-income neighborhoods. They are crime-ridden, dangerous and downright foul….simply for the welfare minded. When the rich want to “help”, they may say they want to help,but these eyesore communities are NEVER built in high income areas…EVER. Put them up around the mayor’s mansion and affluent people like Paradise Valley in AZ. and see how many liberals remain liberals. BUT YOU DON’T SEE THIS IN ANY WEALTHY COMMUNITY, ANYWHERE ANYTIME !! And you never will. This issue is a red herring.

  • Mark

    What would be refreshing is not seeing your noxious name here. Have you moved to where your beloved big government demands you, yet? You’ll hop to it, no doubt, being the good serf that you are. If big daddy government says jump, waterspout the phd asks “how high”?

  • jwatersphd

    Why don’t you get a life, Mark? You’re becoming more an idiot each day. Find yourself a girlfriend or boyfriend, whatever floats your boat. As long as it pisses you off I’m happy to post here.

  • Mark

    You get a brain. Someone has to correct your foolishness, parading as intellect. And you seem to be the one with gender confusion, acting like I don’t know if you’re a man or woman. Keep posting, I’ll dog your every miserable, worthless step. Serf.

  • jwatersphd

    You’re just a fool, Mark. Waste all the time you want. I doubt anyone’s impressed by your obsession and name calling. Who gives a crap what you think about me, really?

  • Mark

    Apparently you care and that’s all that really matters. I’m not trying to impress anyone, unlike you. Mr. PHD. Your half-pint intellect matches your half-pint body. Shrimpy serf.

  • jwatersphd

    Frankly, I don’t give a damn, Mark. Your rage is entirely predictable by now, though I’m sure its strength puzzles anyone who follows your following me around. Except for that, the only thing halfway interesting about you is why you’ve developed all these sexualized fantasies about my body, my clothes, who I’m in bondage to (no, it’s not you), and whether I’m a man or not. It keeps coming up; maybe you should get a consultation. No doubt about it, you’re weird. Take a cold shower… Try to stay away from public places… I warned you before to leave the kids alone.

  • Mark

    There you go, projecting again. YOU tell me I have no idea if you’re a woman or not. YOU brought up little boys. YOU are the freak with some sort of psycho-sexual issues. I mock your liberal idiocy and your shrimpy intellect. You’re a short little loser, which explains all your insecurities. Like advertising your phd. You’re a toady, a serf, a loser. Deal with it.

  • FloridaJim

    The scummy 60’s radicals are Marxists who want “collectives” where the rest of us are lumped together to fight one another while the elite live comfortably in mansions as Mao, Stalin and Castro did while their slaves lived as…..slaves.

  • Aunt Dot

    Try this first in Washington DC….. right near the white house and capital building, putting it near Arlington and the monuments. Then tell us this is a good idea!!! Tell me, do you have to have an IQ less than 100 to work for the government??? Oh yeah, you do……. look at Reid and Pelosi…. and don’t forget the MOOOOO-COW!!

  • Aunt Dot

    The beginning of another war!!! Hold your guns boys!!!

  • Aunt Dot

    How about we all stop working for 1 year and apply for welfare??? I think I will have this dream for my kids!! They will have housing, food, medical…. why should they get their hands dirty????? It’s going to be a hard sell, but I’ll be working on it…… NOT!!!!

  • Aunt Dot

    Do I hear jealousy??????

  • carpkiller

    They started this almost two years ago.They sent out surveys asking for information on who lived in your neighborhood. How many blacks,mexicans and so forth.I did not fill mine out and then they sent letters saying it was required. Then the CHIEF as he called himself sent a letter that this was offical government business and that I had to fill it out and send it back. I ignored it. A few months later blacks and mexicans appeared in the neighborhood,

  • Mark

    Nope. Just ridicule and contempt. jwaters is a little troll that I like to hassle.

  • jwatersphd


  • jwatersphd

    Unfortunately, that’s the least of it.

  • Mark


  • Using your tax dollars against you every second of everyday and oh so much more and on oh so many ways !

    Why would anybody not be torqued ?

  • Sam1427

    Try this first in DC and in Georgetown. I’m sure those people living in Georgetown would like having section 8 housing next door to their federal style homes. /sarc


    Need to move section 8 housing on to the WhiteHouse lawn. Perfect place for it they can let all the illegal aliens move in.

  • FloridaJim

    If you wish to see an example of what happens when you move deadbeats into strong communities look Chicago’s suburbs which are rapidly joining Detroit, Gary and Newark as examples of Democratic failure on a massive scale.

  • Doug

    HUD is one of those departments that should be abolished. Nowhere is the constitution is the federal government given authority for the things they stick their nose in.

  • Cubbie11

    how do we stop this craziness?! What has happened to states rights, municipality rights, individual rights….

  • Cubbie11

    This has nothing to do with the 60’s radicals. I would venture to say that much of the Tea Party are 60’s radicals who want government interference in their lives stopped. I (an old hippie radical) want no taxation without repre-sentation.

  • jimonline47

    I’m so sick and tired of watching the Fed literally rip this country to shreds. It seems that every step this outrageous monstrosity that is our governing machine takes is one more demoralizing blow to the average American tax paying base. The Fed has obviously decided that the people no longer want to take responsibility for themselves, make their own choices, or grow up and put on big boy pants. Someone told them that we want a baby sitter or a mommy who controls all our paper route money, (for our own good of course) and gives us a small allowance… IF we act like they do. You know, the new brain dead American way!
    Honestly though, it makes me wonder who’s really running the show, because I refuse to believe that all politicians and lawmakers are this detached from real life, this sort sighted, self centered, ignorant our just plain stupid. QUESTION: How bad does it have to get to wake up a sleeping giant? Let’s wake up and fix this thing, before our grandkids think this obsurdirity is what our forefathers were striving for!

  • Mind the store

    Already shown not to work in eight communities by HUD’S own report, the purpose is to give poor children opportunity to go to good schools and adults greater employment. In those eight communities children did not perform better in school and adults did not get jobs. Is it the missing father, tyranny of low expectations, reinforced dependencies, loss of … With GIS, computers show incomes easily of neighborhoods.

  • rockmom

    Simple solution – Congress needs to defund the CDBG program. It is mostly a slush fund for Democrat mayors anyway. The waste in that program is staggering.

  • jillocity

    no state s

  • Ricemanstm

    Oh goody. Bringing ghetto trash into the suburbs. Wonderful.

  • Bonnie McCollett

    Well there you go, the last reason there was to better yourself and work your way up like everyone else has been taken care of

  • PittsburghGal53

    People who work hard and live in economically healthy and safe communities do NOT want the criminal trash that section 8 brings with it. Hell, the majority of urban areas in the US are $hit holes because of this “social experiment” that time and time again has turned out to be a miserable failure. Now that the Democrat communities are cesspools, the parasite Democrat politicians want to infest the more conservative enclaves. Like a bunch of f*cking roaches…

  • Joe_Keedoke

    Taxpayer subsidized, and now, Supreme court-enforced blockbusting.

  • Hell-Cat

    Democrats – Dedicated to making everyone equally miserable.

  • Francis Flandro

    Don’t worry. Once Obama ignites the Race Riots Coast to Coast then declares Martial Law, the lawless regime will begin Assigning You, Your Living Arrangements. Malcontents will be assigned to the nearest FEMA Camp for Re-Education or other dispensation.

    And you can just forget about the 2016 elections as they will be suspended indefinitely.

  • Baby Sissy

    The thinking used to be ,”if you can afford the taxes and the upkeep on a house, you’re welcome to live in that particular neighborhood”. Now, the Feds/democrats/leftists want to put a “poor door” in upscale neighborhoods. Ask anyone in Atlanta that bought a condo at Atlantic Station what the value of their property was/ is…. Those who bought condos on their own thought they had a good investment. Then the condos went SECTION 8. No surprise: muggings, shootings, burglaries, shoplifting, etc. Right now, it’s very,very difficult to sell your property at Atlantic Station. Remember when Obama won in 08? ” Change is coming to the United States of America!” And people cheered… The change is here and it’s not pretty for taxpayers, but it’s great for everyone else!!!

  • jrb16915

    Why the hell would affluent communities need grants?

  • tiredofit2015

    Next thing it’ll be remove seniors from their 3bdrm homes because they don’t need more than one or their house is just too big. With or without compensation.

  • Pam Rugtiv

    When this was announced last year the reasons given were that poor people need better access to schools, playgrounds, stores,services, etc, that wealthy people use. It’s ‘redistribution of wealth’ at its finest.

  • Pam Rugtiv

    Look up Agenda 21 on you tube. Obama’s executive order to force diversity in thousands of neighborhoods June 2015.

  • Thaaff

    The fed is so out of control and must be reined in by a Convention of States! If that doesn’t work, then it must be done the old fashioned way! Either way, it is time!

  • Thaaff

    This is why the fed, as it is presently, needs to go! We cannot just allow them to continue destroying our great and unique Constitutional Republic bit by bit! It is high time that We the People bring down the ivory tower once and for all, and by any means necessary! Firstly, we need to push for a much needed Convention of States; if that proves to be impossible, then it will necessarily be time to seriously consider other alternatives! It is definately time!

  • Thaaff

    This is why the fed must be stopped! We need to push for a Convention of States, or else it will be time to lock ‘n load! The fed must be stopped!

  • Thaaff

    You are so right! I cannot imagine Obama finishing out the rest of his term in office – aargh! He and the fed need to be cut off at the knees, and very soon!

  • Thaaff

    That’s why we must fight them now! They (the extreme-left) are America’s greatest enemies by far and always have been, ever since their Democrat party was formed immediately following the Civil War – the southland’s ultimate revenge! The left must go!

  • Thaaff

    I totally disagree! Check out the aging hippies who are now college and university professors busily trying to indoctrinate their students into becoming anti-liberty like they are (except for themselves, of course) and those who now have their clutches all over our public school systems nation-wide; also, those who instituted the Green movement and every other group which directly interferes with the rights of citizens ie land ownership, the right to privately owned waterways etc. etc.! It was during the ’60s and ’70s that liberalism raised it’s diabolical head, and it was most certainly the ’60s radicals who brought it about, mostly be energizing the Democrat party and moving it even farther to the left! They came out of this era in our history like a malignancy and only continue to attack every tradition that made America great! It is high time for this to end – I am happy to note that the extreme-left is going down in flames!

  • TheTruth

    Obama is obviously trying to solve inner city crime and poverty issues by forcing the inhabitants onto wealthier, lower crime areas outside of cities. It’s a misguided effort to say the least. It doesn’t do anything to address the core problem of no family structure among inner city black populations who have been having children out of wedlock to game the welfare system for decades.

  • Markalleus

    It will accomplish exactly what it is supposed to do. We are at war, and the enemy has our checkbook, our highest offices and media. They are pumping trillions into bringing the Muslim horde, buying land, tax and interest free and building housing…with your money. Your kids will rent from Muslim landlords. Your “police” will do whatever they are told to do, by their superiors. Superiors with malice in their hearts for the US. It’s as plain as day.

  • Susan Tutt

    The town I grew up in was named an All American City in the 1960s, a great place. Now, the city is ruined by politicians accepting large amounts of funds to build Section 8 housing. Drugs and crime are rampant. Always named one of America’s most dangerous cities on lists.

  • justagramma

    Suburbs that want to avoid fed control, must not sign onto mass transportation bonds, and refuse fed. money. That is how they get their claws into a community.

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