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President Trump on Wednesday promised U.S. suburban residents that the value of their homes would not be impacted by crime or the construction of low-income housing after an Obama-era rule designed to limit housing segregation was ended last week, the culmination of years of deregulation effort by Trump and a reported appeal to suburban voters.
President Trump celebrated the end of an Obama-era rule Wednesday. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Trump tweeted early Wednesday afternoon:
“Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!” Trump added.
Trump is referencing the 2015 Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule, which President Obama implemented to fight housing discrimination.
The rule required local governments receiving federal housing funds to create plans that would combat housing discrimination, which advocates said helped strengthen the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
Housing Secretary Ben Carson appears to have begun revoking the AFFH rule as of July 23, according to a press release, which means Trump’s tweets came six days after the fact.
Carson called the AFFH rule “complicated, costly and ineffective,” and touted the Trump Administration’s “opportunity zone” initiative, which provides discounts on capital gains taxes for investors sending money into one of over 8,000 designated areas.
Opportunity zones have been criticized by Congress as a means of profit for wealthy real estate developers—including some tied to the current administration.
Social media outcry over Trump’s tweets began almost immediately, which users described as anti-BIPOC. “Trump is a racist idiot,” tweeted Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Leah Greenberg, executive director of congressional activist group Indivisible Team, called Trump’s tweets “an active campaign for housing segregation.”
Trump’s tweets come amid decreased suburban support for his November reelection campaign, CNBC reported. The AFFH rule would effectively encourage communities to build more apartments, NPR reported, which would in turn encourage smaller wage earners to move to those areas. The rule did not, however, specifically target suburbs. The Trump administration gutted AFFH in 2018, and Carson had previously criticized the rule during a 2017 hearing. According to the New York Times, Trump‘s opportunity zones were enacted as part of his signature tax cuts in 2017. The Times reported in November 2019 that while some money went to more depressed areas in Pennsylvania and Alabama, the lion’s share has appeared in rapidly gentrifying cities like Atlanta, Houston and Miami.
In 1973, the Justice Department filed a civil rights case against Trump’s company, accusing him of violating the Fair Housing Act by not renting to Black tenants. The case was settled in 1975, with Trump signing an agreement that his company would not discriminate against future tenants or home buyers, as well as place ads informing minorities of their rights to obtain housing at his properties. At the time, Trump said the settlement did not mean he admitted to any wrongdoing, while the DOJ celebrated it as “one of the most far-reaching” agreements it had negotiated.
This is such good news!
As Tome DeWeese of the American Policy Center writes:
First, as I reported to you last week, my American Policy Center (APC) won a major victory in the fight to stop HUD's AFFH.
As know, APC has been leading the fight to stop the Obama-created Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.
AFFH is a major tool for Agenda 21/Green New Deal that destroys property rights and single-family neighborhoods – all driven through HUD grants taken by your local governments. If cities don’t comply with the AFFH rules, then the cities are punished.
For the past three years, since President Trump took office and appointed Dr. Ben Carson as director of HUD, I have been applying pressure to get rid of AFFH.
Finally, President Trump has taken that action and just announced that he is ending AFFH! That is a huge victory for homeowners and for you, me, and APC!
I was so pleased to see this too, Jodi! Huge win!