Thursday, June 11, 2015

HUD’s ‘Fair Housing’ Assault on Local Communities

HUD’s ‘Fair Housing’ Assault on Local Communities

A case study of crony advocacy in proposed rule writing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its long-awaited proposal “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” in July with the intent of restructuring zoning practices in local jurisdictions and neighborhoods across the country. At a Capitol Hill luncheon event, Westchester County Executive, Robert Astorino, will present his first-hand experience with HUD’s demands to sue localities over common zoning regulations in an effort to dismantle local zoning as it is known today.
Cornelia Mrose, co-host of WVOX’s The Steve Mayo Show, will present her original research analyzing the comments submitted for HUD’s proposed rule “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”. It is a textbook case of crony advocacy. Her analysis of the hundreds of comments submitted during the comment period on the proposed ruling found that an overwhelming majority of commenting non-profit organizations are stakeholders of HUD and support the new ruling. Many of these HUD affiliated and HUD funded groups submitted comments based on engineered templates. In contrast, comments by individual citizens make up almost two thirds of all comments with a vast majority of citizens opposing the ruling.
Editor's Note: In the final meeting of 2014 The Marin Board of Supervisors, Susan Adam, who was defeated by a landslide election, Katie Rice, Kate Sears, Judy Arnold and Steve Kinsey voted unanimously for adopting the Housing Element that Quadrupled the amount of affordable housing required under state law and place 80% of all affordable housing for unincorporated Marin County in Marinwood/Lucas Valley.   

The hypocritical Steve Kinsey only allowed two units in his district.  By concentrating so much affordable housing in one community, he violates the spirit of Fair housing and our community's right to self determination.  What purpose does it do for diversity to build big box developments and declare Marin "integrated" for the purpose of gaining HUD funds?

Susan Adams was appointed to ABAG Regional Planning Committee representing the "public health".  

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