In an effort to provide racial and economic balance to some of the U.S’s most segregated communities HUD has proposed the federal rule, called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing“. HUD stated that the country’s housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for, citing that some are too tilted toward rich or poor.
“Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” is currently under a 60-day public comment period and even though details are still forthcoming, many of people have already expressed their “outrage”.
Dedrick Muhammad, the NAACP’s senior director of economics, says the policy could result in more access to economic resources for minorities.
“It’s not just having people of different colors live together just to do so,” he says. “African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to live in segregated communities, that are predominantly lower income, have less strong public resources, less schools and educational opportunities, employment opportunities. This kind of integration strengthens economic equality.”
But of course other’s don’t feel that way.
Ed Pinto, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News the rule was “just the latest of a series of attempts by HUD to social engineer the American people,” and cited failures of the public housing and urban renewal policies of the 1950s and 1960s, and of changes to house financing in the 1990s.