Trump promises to protect nation’s suburbs, rescinds Obama-era housing policy

Some suburban homeowners likely appreciated an announcement this week from President Donald Trump.

In a tweet on Wednesday, he confirmed that he had rescinded the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which he said would protect property values and keep the peace in America’s suburbs.

“No longer be bothered”

“I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood,” Trump tweeted.

Confirming that he has “rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule,” he wrote that homeowners’ “housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down” as a result.

The rule has been in place since Trump took office, but its impact has been limited by his administration. Specifically, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has denounced its impact on American neighborhoods.

Carson praised Trump’s move to rescind it, calling AFFH “unworkable and ultimately a waste of time.”

The White House released a statement last week detailing its opposition to the rule, which mandates that high-density, low-income housing units be available in suburban neighborhoods.

“Massive regulatory burden”

“This action will repeal the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which took away decision-making from local communities,” it explained. “The Obama Administration’s original AFFH rule attempted to take local zoning decisions out of the hands of local communities.”

The statement went on to assert that the rule “would have imposed a massive regulatory burden on localities,” resulting in a level of “overregulation” that “would have harmed Americans’ abilities to work, buy homes, and build lives for their families, including many minority communities.”

For his part, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has vowed to reinstate the rule.

“Biden will implement the Obama-Biden Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule requiring communities receiving certain federal funding to proactively examine housing patterns and identify and address policies that have a discriminatory effect,” his campaign website states.

There are plenty of issues on which Biden and Trump offer different views of the future. For suburban voters, however, this might be an important factor to consider before heading to the polls.

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