President Trump said on Tuesday that he is looking into ending an Obama-era housing regulation, US Senate candidate Jason Lewis has backed the effort.
The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation has been called “not fair to homeowners” by the President, who says it has a “devastating” impact on suburban communities. The regulation, a 2015 addition to the Fair Housing Act, requires local governments to assess poverty and segregation with a 92 question checklist before being able to access federal funds for housing development.
“The Trump Administration’s plan to deregulate housing is a great step towards undoing the Obama-era regulations that have burdened the housing industry across the nation,” said Lewis. “Local officials shouldn’t have to get permission from bureaucrats who map census tracts and analyze housing stock for ‘affordability’ before they can develop their own neighborhoods.”
At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Many Republicans believe that the 2015 rule was specifically designed to expand cities and allow them to absorb the suburbs easier, which may give Democrats and election advantage. The suburbs have traditionally been right-wing, but a recent poll shows that may be changing.
“The end of single family zoning in Oregon, California, Minnesota, and North Carolina replaced by ‘multi-family’ housing is a deliberate ploy by urban planners to end the American Dream and attack the suburbs,” said Lewis.