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Posted on 04/19/2012 11:22:01 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama
From the deranged mind of Shaun Donovan, Chairman Obama's Housing and Urban Development Reichsfuhrer....er, uh... Secretary:
(Emphasis added to the juicy parts, outrage is brackets)
" September 30, 2011
DRAFT - 2012 2015 Environmental 1 Justice Strategy for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Message from the Secretary
The ongoing housing and economic crisis has touched every family in one way or another but for low-income and minority communities, its been particularly devastating. [Lost your house ? Tough toenails.] Not only have these communities watched as nearly two decades of economic gains were rolled back in a matter of months, but they are also uniquely vulnerable to pollution, unsafe drinking water and other environmental and public health hazards. [Yes, fellow taxpayer, this means the redistribution of wealth.]
The Obama Administration believes that all communities deserve [At taxpayer expense, of course.] the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the Federal decision-making process, and a healthy environment where they can live, learn, and work. Thats why Im proud that HUD was one of 17 agencies to recently sign the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898. Built on a 1994 Executive Order that directed a range of federal agencies to make environmental justice central to their missions as part of the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group, this MOU brings more federal partners to the table, adopts a charter, and provides guidance to help communities achieve better results for families.
This work builds on progress weve already made particularly in areas like childhood lead poisoning, where weve reduced the number of children with lead poisoning by 75 percent over the last decade. But the jobs not over. Given that these hazards are most prominent in older housing stock where many low-income communities live, HUDs engagement on this issue has been essential. Thats why HUDs 2010-2015 Strategic Plan [Hey, look! A Five-year Plan!] included a commitment to improve health outcomes and promote communities that are healthy, sustainable, affordable, and inclusive.
What makes this MOU unique is that for the first time, it recognizes that keeping our families healthy is not just about the quality of the homes themselves but where they are located. Indeed, right now we can predict a childs life expectancy by the zip codes he or she grows up in. [Social engineering alert!]
Major contributors to this tragedy include higher rates of childhood obesity, increased air pollution, and a lack of open space, to name just a few. HUDs 2011 Environmental Justice Strategy responds to these challenges by expanding 'geographies of opportunity.' Through our Choice Neighborhoods initiative and the sustainability grants we awarded to communities in 2010, HUD is already helping to lay the foundation for healthy, inclusive, and more sustainable communities creating walkable neighborhoods with sidewalks, preserving and protecting parks and other open spaces, and helping metro regions reduce traffic congestion and commute times by developing comprehensive transportation and housing plans that bolster economic growth. [Comrade Lenin would be proud!]
All this work reflects a core belief: that when you choose a home, you do not just choose a home. You choose a community and the choices available in that community including how healthy and safe that community is. With President Obamas leadership and this Environmental Justice strategy, were committing to working together with federal, state, and local partners to ensure that every neighborhood is vibrant and safe, and provides a healthy future for our children. [My future grandchildren and great-grandchildren just can't wait to pay for this!]
Hmmmm......and what was "environmental justice" again ? Let's ask the ever-so huggable Van Jones, Chairman Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar":
"Mother Jones: Can you briefly explain what 'environmental justice' means to you?
Van Jones: Environmental justice is the movement to ensure that no community suffers disproportionate environmental burdens or goes without enjoying fair environmental benefits."
No dice, Vannie. You can ooze your way through the Sunday Morning Snoozefests, answering questions from automatons pretending to be journalists all you want, but you're not fooling me. I know who you are, and more importantly, I know what you are. Let's try it again. What does the term "environmental justice" actually mean ?
"Well, the only reason that we have the unsustainable accounting that we have right now is because incinerators, dumping grounds, and sacrifice zones were put where poor people live. It would never have been allowed if you had to put all the incinerators and nasty stuff in rich people's neighborhoods; we'd have had a sustainable economy a long time ago. We'd have had a clean and green economy a long time ago. It's the environmental racism that allowed the powerful people in society to turn a blind eye for decades to the downsides of the industrial system that got us to this point. So there's a direct relationship between environmental racism and the lack of sustainability of society as a whole. We were the canaries in the coal mines, crying for relief. Now finally the consequences are affecting everyone, with global warming and everything else. The other thing is that the environmental justice agenda is also changing. Before, it was much stronger on demanding equal protection from environmental bad. Now we are also demanding equal opportunity and equal access to environmental good. We don't want to be first and worst with all the toxins and all the negative effects of global warming, and then benefit last and least from all the breakthroughs in solar, wind energy, organic food, all the positives. We want an equal share, an equitable share, of the work wealth and the benefits of the transition to a green economy."
I knew you had it in you, Vannie. Now go "Occupy" something, preferably in North Korea.
As we can see from Comrade Van's rant above,"environmental justice" has nothing to do with the environment or justice. It has everything to do with taking money from Citizen A by force and giving it to Citizen B. The last time I checked, this was the redistribution of wealth, a hallmark of the 20th Century political phenomenon known as "communism", which really doesn't work very well. ( Don't believe me ? Just ask the 100 million people communism murdered.)
This announcement from HUD is beyond troubling for two reasons: One, the housing market is being held together by bailing wire and spit. Two, the Federal Leviathan can't support a goldfish, let alone pay for another dystopian pipe dream.
While we're on the subject, exactly what is HUD's Five-Year Plan, anyway ?
"The 2010 2015 HUD Strategic Plan commits to accomplish the HUD mission through five core goals:
1. Strengthen the Nations Housing Market To Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers
2. Meet the Need for Quality, Affordable Rental Homes
3. Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life
4. Build Inclusive and Sustainable Communities Free From Discrimination
5. Transform the Way HUD Does Business"
Uh-oh. That doesn't sound good. The last time the Federal Leviathan tried to "Strengthen the Nation's Housing Market to Bolster the Economy" (in 2008), the United States almost entered the Third World.
And how does the above piece of socialist crap tie into "environmental justice" ?
(Emphasis added where appropriate, snarky comments from yours truly in brackets.)
"HUDs Strategic Plan: Its Connection to Environmental Justice:
HUDs mission, to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality, affordable homes for all, clearly reflects principles of environmental justice. For HUD, strong, sustainable, inclusive communities are resilient communities that can weather the impacts of disasters and economic downturns, offer residents access to healthy living and amenities such as transportation, education, jobs, and social services, and are free from discrimination that has historically limited housing choice and relegated minority populations to low-opportunity areas.
These principles offer an affirmative answer to the challenges that environmental justice communities face. By encouraging the availability of quality, affordable homes that are both hazard-free and more energy-efficient, HUD is protecting residents and our environment.
The 2010 2015 HUD Strategic Plan commits to accomplish the HUD mission through five core goals:
1. Strengthen the Nations Housing Market To Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers
2. Meet the Need for Quality, Affordable Rental Homes
3. Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life
4. Build Inclusive and Sustainable Communities Free From Discrimination
5. Transform the Way HUD Does Business
The FY 20102015 HUD Strategic Plan allows HUD to scale-up local innovations, lead the charge, and set the pace for change leading up to HUDs 50th anniversary in 2015. Each of these core goals will help HUD move forward in achieving environmental justice. Particular elements of the HUD strategic plan provide greater alignment between agency goals and environmental justice. Strengthening the Nations Housing Market (Goal 1) requires HUD to forge new relationships with federal, state, and local agencies across government silosto assist different regions with vastly different housing needs. Likewise, Meeting the Need for Quality Affordable Rental Homes (Goal 2) requires us to provide people with the choices they need to seize opportunities for their families by streamlining the way HUD delivers rental assistance and by building partnerships that preserve housing affordability near transit and jobs.
Under Subgoal 1 2D, Expand families choices of affordable rental homes located in a broad range of communities, is Strategy 6: 'Remove local barriers [????] to the expansion of the supply of multifamily homes in strong, safe, healthy communities through
incentives arm-twisting and threatening to state and local governments.' Strategy 6 integrates the values of residential choice and healthy communities, which are central to the Departments statutory obligation to affirmatively further fair housing in its housing and urban development programs under the Fair Housing Act. They are central also to the equal access and equal treatment requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
To Utilize Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life (Goal 3), HUD must make federally subsidized housing a catalyst for investments in education, health, and job training, while also leveraging the private capital needed to expand housing for the growing number of seniors and homeless Americans. [In other words, the Regime is gonna take YOUR money and hand it over to someone else.] By bringing to bear mixed-use, mixed-income tools to transform all housing in a neighborhood and helping communities identify and address longstanding development challenges through targeted assistance, [Whitey need not apply.] HUD will Build Inclusive and Sustainable Communities Free From Discrimination (Goal 4)supporting and creating geographies of opportunity that result in neighborhoods of choice, affirmatively furthering fair housing laws, and fighting the scourge of concentrated poverty. Under Subgoal 4B, Promote energy-efficient buildings and location-efficient communities that are healthy, affordable, and diverse, the Department would promote a healthy and safe living environment. This subgoal is consistent with HUDs longstanding site and neighborhood standards under the Fair Housing Act and Title VI, which encourage investment [AKA--the redistribution of wealth] of HUD assistance in demographically diverse and healthy areas with good access to jobs, education, services, and recreation. EJs emphasis on the participation of minority and low-income populations in policy making is reflected in strategies under Subgoal 4C, Ensure open, diverse, and equitable communities. [It should be noted that attempts to create utopias only create dystopias.]
To Transform the Way HUD Does Business (Goal 5), HUD will not only reform hiring practices and empower local decision-making, but also provide our customers with the information and technical assistance they need to better target resources and build their own capacitytaking the holistic, cross-cutting view of community development required to make the biggest difference on the ground. Goal 5 incorporates many of the dimensions of a revitalized EJ compliance effort including education and training of HUDs workforce, establishment of rules and systems that are responsive, open, and transparent, and a renewed focus on the customer: the men and women who experience the impact of HUDs programs."
Did I miss something, or is the word "Congress" missing from the above slop ? It appears that the utopians at HUD have decided to give the Hairpiece Gang the middle finger with one hand and setting the Constitution on fire with the other.
HUD's Five-Year Plan is as massive as Barbara Mikuluski and as scary as watching a naked Joyless Behar shave Hitlery Clinton's chubby-wubby legs. Don't believe me ? Think I'm bloviating to hear myself bloviate ?
Here are the low-lights from HUD's Five-Year Plan:
HUD intends to:
"Reduce the number of completed foreclosures.
Interim: Assist 3 million homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure:
--200,000 homeowners will be assisted through Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs.
--400,000 homeowners will be assisted through third-party lender loss mitigation initiatives. mandated by FHA but not receiving FHA subsidy. 2.4 million homeowners will be assisted through joint HUD-Treasury programs.
--For all FHA borrowers who become 30 days late, achieve a Consolidated Claim Workout ratio of 75 percent, and, for those receiving a CCW, achieve a 6 month re-default rate of 20 percent or less. Restore FHAs excess capital reserve ratio to the congressionally mandated 2-percent level by 2014.
--Reduce the average residential vacancy rate in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) investment areas.
Interim: Reduce the average residential vacancy rate in Neighborhood Stabilization Program Round 2 (NSP2) investment areas."
Oh, but wait, there's more:
"The current administration strongly believes that, in addition to the moral imperative ['Collective Salvation', anyone?] to end the human suffering caused by homelessness, there are compelling economic reasons for
investing [the] redistribution of wealth in efforts to eradicate this complex social problem. If individuals and families that are currently cycling through expensive institutions can be targeted for appropriate housing and services, there can be significant cost savings, according to recent studies. To achieve this goal, HUD will partner with bully local, state, and federal organizations,[but not Congress, of course.] including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, to deploy evidence-based interventions, such as supportive housing, housing first, homelessness prevention, and rapid rehousing, to more effectively and efficiently use the nations limited resources taxpayers to bring an end to homelessness."
"Stable housing, made possible with HUD support, provides an ideal platform for delivering a wide variety of health and social services to improve health, education, and economic outcomes. Through partnerships at the federal, state, and local levels, HUD will utilize its housing platform to deliver a wide variety of services to improve the quality of life of its residents and the surrounding community. The following subgoals provide a roadmap for accomplishing this goal:
Utilize HUD assistance to improve educational outcomes and early learning and development.
Utilize HUD assistance to improve health outcomes.
Utilize HUD assistance to increase economic security and self-sufficiency.
Utilize HUD assistance to improve housing stability through supportive services for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, people with disabilities, homeless people, and those individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless. [Everybody but you will have your money]
Utilize HUD assistance to improve public safety."
"The nations current housing, economic, health, and energy crises demand that the federal government and its local partners effectively coordinate policies related to community development, climate change, energy efficiency, transportation, housing, and disaster preparedness. Today we know that 'place' influences outcomesthe place where a person lives is a reliable predictor of his or her long-term health, education, and employment outcomes. Families and individuals living in concentrated poverty experience greater inequity and often, as a result, more dismal outcomes. [It's all Whitey's fault, ya know.]
Unfortunately, many neighborhoods hit hardest by the recent housing and economic crisis [that the Federal Leviathan caused]those with the highest foreclosure rates and the most job lossesare among the least sustainable. Residents of these neighborhoods have limited access to transportation, face health hazards in their homes and communities, suffer from the poorest schools, and have the fewest economic opportunities. In many areas, the spatial mismatch between housing and transportation investments limits access to decent employment and education opportunities for entire neighborhoods. [Again, this is all Whitey's fault.]
This not only impacts the lives of residents in those communities, but the resulting need to travel greater distances to connect to these resources has a clear impact on the environment as wellfrom wetland and open space lost to sprawling development patterns to ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions. To address these problems, Goal 4 focuses explicitly on 'place,' on ensuring inclusivity and preparing communities for the future of their economy [!!!!], environment, culture, and preparedness in case of disaster. HUD seeks to ensurethrough comprehensive community development, strategic planning, enforcement, and enhanced capacity buildingthat all communities are livable for residents and viable in the long term. The following subgoals provide a roadmap for accomplishing this goal: [Oddly enough, this is the best definition for environmental justice I've found yet. It's even better than Comrade Van's!]
Catalyze economic development and job creation, while enhancing and preserving community assets.
Promote energy-efficient buildings and location-efficient communities that are healthy, affordable, and diverse.
Ensure open, diverse, and equitable communities.
Facilitate disaster preparedness, recovery, and resiliency.
Build the capacity of local, state, and regional public and private organizations. [In other words, more government]"
We are on the edge of political, social, and economic disaster. I can't gussy it up. I can't make it sound palatable.
God help us all.
(PS---It should be noted that "Republican" presidential candidate Mitt Trotsky's father George was Richard Nixon's HUD Secretary from 1969-1973. Take from that what you will.)
(Pardon the pun.)
All this work reflects a core 'Belief': that when you choose a home, you do not just choose a home. You choose a community and the choices available in that community including how healthy and safe that community is. With President Obamas leadership and this Environmental Justice strategy, were committing to working together with federal, state, and local partners to ensure that every neighborhood is vibrant and safe, and provides a healthy future for our children. [My future grandchildren and great-grandchildren just can't wait to pay for this!]
Is this satire? It should be!
I am sick up to here with “the poor”.
The “war on poverty” is a “quagmire”, and it’s time to pull out.
I want my money back.
Terrifying, isn’t ?
I honestly believe we’re on the edge of complete disaster. If it’s not this, it will be the next utopian misadventure.
God help us all.
Aside from my snarky remarks and overuse of italics, no, it’s not. The links work if you cut and paste them in your browser. (Why links don’t work in the post, I have no idea. I’m as clueless with a computer as Chairman Obama is with a capitalist economy.)
it recognizes that keeping our families healthy is not just about the quality of the homes themselves....They ought to worried about keeping the FAMILIES together, first. And they wrongly equate houses (tangible structures) with “homes” ( a strictly spiritual idea). Being a single loner, I own a $300,000 house, but I don’t have even a $5.00 “home”.
To put it into perspective:
The average non-pirate Somali survives on $600 a year. The poverty line in the US is in excess of $13,000 a year.
This is utter nonsense that can become real dangerous real fast.
It’s the poor quality drinking water that makes mister hand turn into mister fist, compelling these poor unfortunates to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon until they get tipsy and start fighting. If only they had clean drinking water, they’d be like Ozzie and Harriet.
You can never go home again.
Sounds like Mayor Villaraigosas State of the City message given a couple of days ago. But while everyone is looking at the cost of the bicycle paths, the dedicated bus roads, the subways and trains, what they fail to see is that this is designed to provide high-rise government sponsored housing.
Traditionally, here in Los Angeles, apartment buildings were limited to 2 stories. Not anymore. As I drive thru the city I see 4 and 6 story apartments going up. The zoning has changed so that many properties are allowed to build a second home on their12,000 sq ft lot. And as a recent WSJ news piece points out, California Declares War on Suburbia, April 12, 2012. The typical 4 houses per acre is giving way to transit villages with 30 houses per acre.
Another aspect of these new mega apartments is the senior housing. When we are told that there will be subsidized senior housing, who can argue with that, it is not limited to senior housing, the seniors are complaining that they are giving the housing to drug dealers and users.
Then there is the mayor of Lancaster, he was on our local newstalk radio telling us that preferential Section 8 housing is going to ex-cons. In many cases new 4 bedroom homes with a swimming pool, homes that the city took over when they were foreclosed on.
It is not the cost of the transportation, it is the denser cities we should be looking at.
I’m having difficulty parsing through all this. HUD has spent the last 20 years seeding the suburbs with section 8 apartments, effectively destabilizing those neighborhoods and emptying the city cores for re-development of the inner cities for the hipster DINK types. Now what? HUD is giving away the foreclosed homes in the suburbs to their client base? Or are they now re-building section 8 type apartment Projects style housing in their cities? What really puzzles me is that the HUD types only account for 15% of the population. Where the heck are they getting all these people from? This is just plain weird.
If the answer is, “Yes,” just read an American newspaper any day of the week.
Because Clinton's Executive Order 12892 (CRA) wasn't damaging enough.......
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**** where weve reduced the number of children with lead poisoning by 75 percent over the last decade.****
In my 65 years, most of when lead was in everything, I have NEVER known anyone to have lead poisoning, except out of the barrel of a gun.
***increased air pollution,****
Did this dum bass even live before 1970 when there was NOTHING to stop any pollution? I remember smoke stacks belching smoke, sulfur dioxide, raw sewage dumped in rivers, local city dumps constantly burning, smelly dead animal rendering plants, rivers coated with waste oil, one even caught on fire.
>HUD has spent the last 20 years seeding the suburbs with section 8 apartments[...]. What really puzzles me is that the HUD types only account for 15% of the population. Where the heck are they getting all these people from?
Isn’t it obvious? True housing-, and therefore environmental-, justice can only be achieved when the entirety* of the population is in section 8 housing.
Furthermore, the freeing up of the previously private property which WERE housing the general population is itself a sort of capital that can be developed or sold as our rulers see fit.
* Excluding, of course, our ruling class.
In the 1970s and 80s, Los Angeles decided to force integration by bussing our children into the violent black neighborhoods and bus their fatherless children into our neighborhoods.
The whites moved out of the city into safer neighborhoods leaving a void in Los Angeles. Places like Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and the Santa Clarita valley became bedroom communities where people lived but had to drive long distances to work.
Los Angeles filled the empty houses with Mexicans and South Americans, encouraged in large part by Cardinal Roger Mahoney who had learned his Sal Alinsky tactics from his good friend Ceasar Chevez. The citizens of California voted for Proposition 187 in 1994, a measure that would prohibit welfare to illegal aliens. One woman, a judge, Mariana Pfaelser overturned the new law.
More foreigners moved into Los Angeles. In 1994 Police Chief Daryl Gates enacted Special Order 40 prohibiting his officers from enforcing immigration policies.
The largely white population of Los Angeles didnt want to live next door to third world people. A small town had to enact an ordinance to prohibit the slaughter of animals in their front yard. The white population moved further out into the desert, Lancaster. They were willing to drive for an hour and a half to and from work to not live next door to a Mexican. Im not talking about Hispanics, Im talking about people that grew up with dirt floors. Drive-by shootings became commonplace in Los Angeles.
The blacks and the Mexican gangs fought each other. Where the blacks, the Crips and the Bloods were hot-headed, the Mexicans were calculating and planned their attacks.
In 1989 when property values plumeted, there were many forclosures in the outlining areas such as Lancaster. New empty houses were deemed Section 8 housing and the inner-city blacks moved out of downtown Los Angeles. These violent youths further brought the property values down in areas like Lancaster.
In 2000, property values began to rise again, buoyed by no-doc loans. Illegal aliens had already displaced legal contractors that couldnt compete. Now they were buying properties, remodeling them without city permits and flipping them. The illegals were totally intrenched in our city.
While restaraunts were graded by the Health Department, catering trucks parked in front of tax paying restaraunts, and because Mexicans mostly associate with Mexicans, the catering trucks thrived staying well into the night with neon signs and lines of patrons. Plywood carts parked in front of elementary schools selling corn smothered in butter and mayonaise, icies, coconuts and things I have no idea what they are.
There became no enforcement of licenses for General Contractors. No more health licensing of swimming pool cleaners. The gardeners no longer were graduate students of Horticulture. The green trucks of immigration disapeard from our freeways and mason yards. Yard sales sprang up all week long with new merchandice such as matresses and flat screen TVs. Child care facilities went up everywhere and the state paid these people to watch each others children.
Now the city of Los Angeles, when they plan a driving while intoxicated checkpoint, will publish the location in the local papers a few days beforehand.
Our cars are deemed inoperable by Californias strict smog regulations when the car is 10 years old and so are then sold to illegal aliens that use them as disposable cars when involved in accidents and they buy counterfeit licenses and registration stickers on the local corner.
Our local law enforcement has determined that impounding the cars of illegal aliens that cant get a drivers license is a hardship and therefore they will no long do it.
California is the only state that will give welfare to the children of illegal aliens.
This created what was deemed urban sprawl. Enter Van Jones.
Van Jones, Obamas Ex Green Czar:
If we want to survive as a species, we will have to live in massive mega-cities. Living at one with nature is just crap idealism from the past, and the suburbs are nothing more than archaic residue of racist white flight patterns.
Sprawl is a response to racial fear and anxiety on the part of white elites. The ‘burbs were designed as a vehicle to get away from people of color, investing more in the white infrastructure as they moved away from the city, and the neighborhoods where people of color live. Does that mean the only environmentally-sound, antiracist thing for whites to do is move back to the inner cities. Yes, it does.
California is probably the most beautiful place in the world. I’ve been there many times and I love it. The folks are friendly for the most part, and the world’s best restaurants are in California. If I couldn’t live in my beloved Florida anymore, California would be my next choice.
The libs should be ashamed to what they’ve done that slice of Heaven.
True enough. I should have picked a better title. :)
Out of normal and healthy curiousity, why hasn’t anyone in the “press” found this and reported on it ? I thought it was an interesting tale, that’s for sure.
Don’t worry. It’s a rhetorical question. I know the answer. Sometimes it’s just hard to accept.
Any time the Federal Leviathan uses the word “fair”, run and hide!
Ironic, is it not ?
In my 38 years, I haven’t, either.
In a lot of ways, the lead scare was just as absurd as the DDT scare. Granted, the DDT scare cost millions in Africa their lives, but it’s similiar because it was fueled by the same kind of junk science.