Skip to comments.A home in Westchester (HUD forces county to build "affordable housing" in high-income neighborhoods)
Posted on 05/01/2013 2:23:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
When Americans think of the federal government taking on locals to combat racism, they think of Ike sending troops into a Little Rock high school, of JFK sending the National Guard to Ole Miss or LBJ announcing on television the FBIs arrest of Klansmen for killing a Freedom Rider.
Now the Obama administration is arguing that the leafy hamlets of Westchester County are guilty of their own racial discrimination. And the Department of Housing and Urban Development is using all the power it has to bring the locals to heel.
The leverage comes from a 2009 consent decree designed to counter what HUD says is housing discrimination. The decree obligates Westchester to build 750 units of affordable housing in high-income, largely white neighborhoods and market them aggressively to minorities. The county is doing so, and is even ahead of schedule.
That hasnt satisfied HUD, because its really after something different: a standard of discrimination based on statistics, not actual demonstrations of people who have been denied housing because of race. Its called disparate impact.
In other words, what we have here is social engineering. As one of its officials has admitted, HUD wants to remove zip codes as a factor in the quality of life in America. In other words, anyone has the right to live anywhere even if he cant afford it. So even though blacks and Hispanics and other racial minorities who can afford Westchester housing prices are as welcome as anyone, HUD sees only racism.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has been fighting this, and losing, for some years. The latest wrinkle was a threat from Justice to hold Astorino in contempt if he did not introduce legislation that would require landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers public assistance for rentals.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
If Westchester loses, it will have national implications. Because if a concept as arbitrary as disparate impact becomes the measure of discrimination, local authorities everywhere will have no effective defense against bureaucrats in Washington bent on finding racism to justify imposing their own ideological agendas.
I know a Jewish couple who live there[Chappaqua] and they love diversity, so good let them build the projects right next to where they live seeing as they want diversity and fairness for all
I'd like to know are these section-8ers or their landlords also gonna cough up the dough for the privilege?
Obama , or more likely his bosses, miss nothing.
Chappaqua? Hillary likes diversity.
More of this to come. This is one of the worse consequences of the reelection of the 0ne.
what could go wrong?
I predict a 1960’s white flight from Westchester.
LOL I kid you not, I dated her and she was alright but she married a staunch Jewish guy and has turned radical lefty.
They moved to Chappaqua to be near the Clintons
I kid you not on that.
Isnt high time that the government gets out of our lives, our business, our religion and our houses.
It seems the only thing that the Libs dont want the government in is the bedroom.
Welcome to the USSSA . . . comrade.
yeah...the rich support the rats so let them live in their own desires...have fun....
It's Agenda 21 and there's no way to stop it.
How can it possibly be legal to force landlords to accept Section 8?
I own 3 rentals in NY. My cash, my sacrifices, my work and skill go into these units, how in the hell can the G-D gub’mint require people like me to rent to people unwilling to get out of the damned ghetto on their own?
I don’t make a lot of money at this, I’ve bought the houses as a hedge against retirement poverty. Having Sec 8 people as renters would so lower the value of my properties.
I refuse to rent to them - how the tenants take care of their free apartments is disgustingly obvious at addresses that do.
I found they’re trying to force this in Maryland, as well. Is this the new trend?
<March 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm
By Ilana Kowarski
Sen. Jim Brochin
A bill that would require landlords to accept tenants through the federal Section 8 program sparked a debate about civil rights on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The bill, SB487, is intended to prevent landlords from rejecting tenants that receive public assistance simply because they are poor. But critics of the legislation said that it would force landlords to participate in social welfare programs <
How does Westchester vote? Is there a R vs. D breakdown of how Westchester votes?
(shrug) I can tell you that in some neighborhoods, the “affordable housing” would get very, very expensive after it kept getting burned to the ground. Not that the Democrats care - - lol, it’s only other people’s money.
This is actually mandated in many, many places around the country...it is rarely enforced....or it was...
The local pols know it’s a death blow to their re-election if they comply with the mandates...
This is standard Democrat-President-second-term stuff. Clinton did it, Carter did it.
Johnson didn’t do it because he didn’t have a second term. During his first term, however, Democrat core constituents burned the cities they lived in. One side of the equation, in a sense.
They love diversity for everyone else.
Here is a link from their westchester.gov website:
There. I fixed it.
When I lived in the SF bay area they were doing this; I don’t know if it was HUD forcing the issue. Needless to say, some of the residents that were all for “diversity” before were not too happy with the crime and property devaluation after they moved in.
Some folks are giving a good shot at fighting it. It needs to be done at the local level, and takes time and work.
This is great news, all those leftists up there have been aiding fascists in the last few decades, now they get to really feel good. I hope they move one family next to each and every liberal there.
Tell HUD to screw off. Capitulation only emboldens them to make ever increasing demands.
“If you have something others have a right to it” is the credo of Democrats/socialists/communists - and thieves.
“It’s Agenda 21 and there’s no way to stop it.”
There’s a way to stop it, but it requires conservatives getting off their fat, comfortable asses and organizing.
For example, when the liberal, left-wing village council decides to raise property taxes, conservatives need to show up at the village council and tell them hell no.
When the schoolboard wants to teach 6-year-old kids how to slide a rubber onto a cucumber, conservatives need to show and say hell no.
I was in local government for nearly 20 years and begging so-called conservatives to attend local village meetings was like asking Dracula to show up at a sunrise worship ceremony.
Damn conservatives were more interested in barbecuing ribs, remodeling their kitchens and chasing mammon.
How about some high rise projects behind Bill and Hillary’s house?
ever been to Cairo?
If so you’d know that place would house at least 10 families
I live in a very nice older country club area. Many years ago across the main street from us the condos and apartments went Section 8. Now it is a ghetto and if you look at the crime map....holy smoke! The saving grace is they totally leave us alone.
The local big city has a section 8 mess located on the edge of town. Developers put up condos next door. I met someone who owned one of the condos. He said it was like the condo developemnt was a shopping mall for the section 8 crowd.
The fence between the two is formidable now and the the condos are gated with security.
Please put it next door to the Clinton’s.
love to see that and lets see how they like their diversity and helping the poor once they see the crime, drugs, gangs and property prices go down.
yet they say “no” to school vouchers...how very hypocritically liberal of them....
They do the same thing where I own property. When a unit in the neighborhood sells for $30k or more less because it is price controlled, it drives down the appraisal on a comparable unit, or the owner has to spend energy explaining that reason.
RE: How does Westchester vote? Is there a R vs. D breakdown of how Westchester votes?
There’s a MAP on how the districts of Westchester, NY voted on the above site.
However in summary:
Countywide, Obama handily won Westchester with 240,785 votes, 62 percent. Romney received 143,122, 37 percent.
Votes for other presidential candidates: Gary Johnson, Libertarian, 2,042; Jill Stein, Green Party, 1,627; Virgil Goode, Constitution Party, 228; and Peta Lindsay (Party for Socialism and Liberation), 76.
Their current County Executive Rob Astorino is Republican however.
That’s one of those new fake crumbling house. It looks so bad, not even thieves and house invaders will touch it. Hidden under the ruined exterior is a luxury home. Brilliant idea!
I haven’t figured out why they leave our neighborhood alone other than a main busy highway separates us and we are kind of offset back against the golf course and there is only a small windy road coming into the neighborhood. Although if you ever leave anything outside it will be gone.
The low income people will find that there are fewer public accomodations in the tony neighborhoods.
Ban you imagine how happy the minority Americans who have made it to the good life will be to welcome the riffraff into their neighborhoods.
RE: It seems the only thing that the Libs dont want the government in is the bedroom.
Really? Then why do they want the government to force others to celebrate what gays do in their bedrooms?
Rub their faces in it. When their property rates drop and crime increases, we can then laugh at them.
Congratulations to Westchester - - they are getting exactly what they vote for.
Burn baby burn. We don’t need no water...
Nice homes there though, it would be a shame.
Good, give them leftist a little bit of their own medicine.The people in New York deserve eveything they get. Too bad they didn’t do this on Martha’s Vinyard about 30 years ago so old Teddy could have enjoyed what he had been forcing down our throats for years...
(Yes,the Harvard-types featured in the stories live in the richest part of Cambridge...$4 million homes).
HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.