Middle class Americans face their worst fears as the Biden administration moves ahead with plans for low-income housing in the suburbs.
The Biden administration will require state and local governments to submit “equity plans” to the federal government to loosen zoning restrictions that discourages public housing in the suburbs.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) submitted a proposed rule on Thursday requiring local governments to lift boundaries that prohibited HUD housing in suburbia.
The boundaries were established as white people migrated from high-crime urban areas to suburbs and rural areas. The movement became known as “white flight.”
The new requirements, part of a rule known as “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” follows through on a provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act law to eliminate historical segregation.
“This proposed rule is a major step towards fulfilling the law and advancing our legal, ethical, and moral charge to provide equitable access to opportunity for all,” said Biden’s HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge.
Former President Donald Trump opposed the rule, which he referred to as “abolishing the suburbs.”
The Biden administration partially restored the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule in June last year but delayed forcing local governments to comply until after the midterm elections in 2022.