ALG - Letter: Defund HUD radical regulation


United States Congress
Washington, DC 20510

December 1, 2014

To the Members of the 113th Congress:

On June 9, the House of Representatives voted 219-207 in favor of an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) to the HUD appropriations bill to "prohibit [HUD from] use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule entitled "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing".[1]

This action was necessitated by the wholesale assault on local zoning authority in those jurisdictions which have accepted federal community development grants.

Five months later, the rule is now scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year, and the government funding discussions that will dominate the Lame Duck session are the last chance to stop this federal government usurpation of local control over zoning decisions.

Here is how Investor's Business Daily[2] described the rule in a June 20 editorial:

"Under the scheme, HUD plans to map every U.S. neighborhood by race and publish "geospatial data" pinpointing racial imbalances. Areas deemed overly segregated will be forced to change their zoning laws to allow construction of subsidized and other affordable housing to bring more low-income minorities into "white suburbs." HUD's maps will be used to select affordable housing sites.

"It's part of an ambitious agenda to eliminate "racial segregation," ZIP code by ZIP code, block by block, through the systematic dismantling of allegedly "exclusionary" building ordinances. In effect, federal bureaucrats will have the power to rezone your neighborhood."

One might ask what HUD's motive is for pushing far outside the envelope in forcing the destruction of local zoning authority?  IBD explains it succinctly saying,

"Once HUD creates a national discrimination database and supplies "nationally uniform data" of what it thinks 1,200 communities should look like, it threatens to reshape the demographics of every neighborhood in America. By showing statistical "disparities," the database would render charges and findings of actual discrimination unnecessary.

"This has zero to do with housing discrimination, which has been illegal since 1968. This is about redistribution of resources. It's also about political redistricting, a backdoor attempt by Democrats to gerrymander voting districts in their favor." (emphasis added)

The federal government funding decisions you are facing during this Lame Duck session will directly impact whether hundreds of local communities will find themselves in federal court, wasting taxpayer resources on both sides of the issue. 

Please join us in urging appropriators and Leadership to include Rep. Gosar's defund language into any underlying government funding bill that they produce.


Nathan Mehrens
Americans for Limited Government