On Wednesday, President Trump wrote a tweet addressed to suburban voters. He said they will “no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.”
“Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!” the president also stated.
Fox News explained that the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, or the AFFH rule, “was designed to eliminate racial disparities in housing by telling jurisdictions that receive housing funds they must assess patterns of housing discrimination and come up with a plan to diminish them.”
Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) withdrew the 2015 rule. According to Secretary Ben Carson, the rule was “unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with.”
New Rule to Take Over
A new rule will take over, which reduces the burden of local jurisdictions to show that actions are being done to address historical patterns of racial segregation to qualify for HUD financing.
“Washington has no business dictating what is best to meet your local community’s unique needs,” Carson said.
Housing advocates have also criticized the president’s opposition to the rule as a racially charged appeal to white voters, as he has said that the rule forces the construction of low-income housing in the suburbs, Fox News reported.
“Your home will go down in value and crime rates will rapidly rise,” Trump said last week. “People have worked all their lives to get into a community, and now they’re going to watch it go to hell. Not going to happen, not while I’m here.”