18 May Urgent: Lee Amendment Can Stop HUD AFFH!
Senator Mike Lee has proposed an amendment that is likely to come up for a vote this week in the Senate.
This would remove the funding for HUD’s new rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
Under AFFH, HUD has expanded Congress’ intent in the Fair Housing Act to enable the agency to control local zoning, override local public officials’ authority, and reverse voters’ decisions.
Please tell your Senator to support Senator Lee’s amendment and stop funding for HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
Find your Senators’ contact information here.
What to do next.
Senator Lee’s amendment is a large step toward stopping HUD’s intrusion into local rule. But it will not completely stop the agency’s egregious overreach.
The lawsuits that we now see that are forcing communities like Westchester County New York, Marin County California, and Baltimore County Maryland to bend their zoning rules to meet the federal government’s plans, were initiated before the AFFH rule became law.
HUD has always had severe requirements attached to their funding programs such as the Community Development Block Grant. However, enforcement of the strings was minimal and most communities were never aware of their implications.
Since the lawsuit against Westchester County, that has changed. Now enforces these requirements by instigating local grassroots groups and legal advocates to sue communities that accept the HUD Grant money and fail to affirmatively further fair housing.
In other words, your local community civic group members and affordable housing developers become the “stick” that enforces HUD’s demands.
In addition to failure to affirmatively further fair housing, there are other charges such as “disparate impact,” that enable HUD to hold local communities accountable.
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