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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ben Carson Sued For Allegedly Trying To Destroy The Lives of Low Income Families


From trying to raise the cost of rent to blocking the Obama-era rule that could essentially provide better housing to low-income families, Dr. Ben Carson seems to be destroying the lives of marginalized people. Correspondingly, fair-housing advocates are filing a lawsuit against the HUD secretary.
Dr. Carson, the current secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is facing a lawsuit that "alleges Carson unlawfully suspended the 2015 rule by not providing advance public notice or opportunity for comment."

The aforementioned 2015 rule was the one passed under the Obama administration and the then-HUD Secretary Julian Castro that would ensure that neighborhoods are not segregated. It requires over 1,200 communities receiving billions of housing funds to draft plans that would desegregate communities, or else, they will lose federal funds.

The rule called Fair Market Rent rule was supposed to be implemented at the start of this year but Carson postponed it, calling it "failed socialist experiments." As a result, local government continues receiving HUD grants without having to fully comply with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.

Lisa Rice, president and chief executive of the National Fair Housing Alliance, joined the lawsuit. She told The Washington Post, "HUD has continued to grant federal dollars to municipalities even when they know the municipalities are engaging in discrimination. They are rewarding cities for bad behavior."

Madison Sloan, director of Texas Appleseed’s Disaster Recovery and Fair Housing project, another advocacy group that joined the lawsuit, stated, "My fear is that HUD's rescission of the rule tells communities, 'You're off the hook. We're going to keep giving you money even while you keep perpetuating segregation.'"

The state of New York, led by Governor and former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, is the first state to join the national lawsuit. He said in a press release, "The right to rent or buy housing free from discrimination is fundamental under the law, and we must do everything in our power to protect those rights and fight segregation in our communities."


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