HUD Secretary Ben Carson Gets Delay On Obama’s Desegregation Housing Rule

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson is signaling that he is /ournegro/.

After flashing the white power hand gesture, Carson has delayed the implementation of the Obamahood desegregation rule. This was one of the worst initiatives of the Obama administration. Occidental Dissent labeled it the Ferguson Initiative or Obamahood program at the time.

The good news:

“Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in a notice to be published Friday in the Federal Register, says it will suspend until 2020 the requirement that communities analyze their housing segregation and submit plans to reverse it, as a condition of receiving billions of federal dollars in block grants and housing aid. The notice tells cities already at work on the detailed plans required by the rule that they no longer need to submit them, and the department says it will stop reviewing plans that have already been filed.

The move does not repeal the 2015 rule, a product of years of pressure from civil rights groups and review by the Obama administration. …”

The bad news:

“The district court of Washington, D.C., ruled late in December that Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must enforce an Obama-era anti-segregation measure in HUD’s Section 8 housing voucher program.

Carson had previously sought to delay implementation of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) by two years so that public housing agencies (PHA) have “more time to integrate this big change into their voucher programs.” Instead, the court ruling forced implementation of SAFMR on its previous effective date, January 1, 2018.

The SAFMR rule is designed to give Section 8 housing voucher recipients more freedom of choice in where to live, in addition to helping prevent landlords from price gouging in low-income areas when they rent to voucher recipients. Prior to the rule, the housing voucher subsidized a recipient’s rent above about 30 percent of their income, but the subsidy is capped at a “fair market rent” HUD calculates by averaging rents across a metro area. …”

The SAFMR rule makes a subtle but impactful change to the way fair market rent is calculated for voucher recipients: Instead of averaging across an entire metro area, it averages a nearby zip code. This allows the value of the voucher to rise to meet rents in higher income areas, thus giving recipients more choice in where to live”

So, this Obama-era monster just went into effect on January 1st. Even though Based Ben Carson is fighting it, the federal courts are overruling him. No one but us even noticed.

 

Source: Occidental Dissent

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