Susan Jones, CNS News, March 25, 2016
The Obama administration has started its push to expand low-income housing into “higher opportunity areas.”
The Department of Housing and Urban Development last week announced a “landmark” settlement agreement with Baltimore County that will serve as a catalyst to “promote housing mobility” and “address residential segregation.”
The goal is to move low- and very-low-income people out of the city and into the suburbs.
“Every person deserves a fair shot at opportunity, and that starts with a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in the March 15 announcement. “This agreement sets Baltimore County on a path to stronger, more inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy equal access to opportunity.”
The agreement stems from a complaint filed with HUD in 2011 by the Baltimore County branch of the NAACP; a fair housing group; and three individuals who claimed Baltimore County had failed to “affirmatively further fair housing.”
To settle that complaint, HUD is requiring Baltimore County to spend $30 million ($3 million annually for ten years) to create 1,000 affordable housing units, either through new construction or rehabilitation.
The units will be geographically dispersed in “neighborhoods that provide access to opportunity.”
In addition, the county must provide 2,000 Housing Choice Vouchers to help families gain access to “higher opportunity neighborhoods.”
The county must “proactively market the units to potential tenants who are least likely to apply, including African Americans families and families with a member who has a disability.”
Editor's Note: Marin County volunteered to HUD' s AFFH rules in 2012 and is in the process of building subsidized housing in Marin to create "racial balance" according to HUD's demands. This means that massive public housing will be built and housed with people fitting the desired racial profile. It will be concentrated in the unincorporated areas of Marin but most especially Marinwood Lucas Valley since we are politically weak. Ironically, we are far more diverse than most areas of Marin including West Marin which is 92% white according to recent census statistics.
Diversity is welcome when it comes about naturally but placing large populations of minorities in huge apartment complexes is completely wrong way to do it. Populations should hot be concentrated in such small geography. HUD is merely creating apartheid.