rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is preparing to relaunch
a housing scheme which aims to force nonwhites into white suburbs across America.
The plan involves
super-sizing vouchers to help “urban poor” afford higher rents in pricey areas,
while assigning government real estate agents called “mobility counselors” to
secure housing in the suburbs.
According to a
report in the New York Post, titled "Obama's last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy," Castro plans to launch the Section 8 reboot this fall,
even though a similar program tested a few years ago in Dallas has been blamed
for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods.
The program forms
part of a “grand scheme to forcibly desegregate inner cities and integrate the
outer suburbs,” the NY Post continued.
Castro last month
threatened to sue suburban landlords for discrimination if they refuse Section
8 tenants with criminal records.
Last year, he also
implemented a new regulation—“Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”—that
pressures all suburban counties taking federal grant money to change local
zoning laws to build more low-income housing.
Landlords of such
properties are now required to accept Section 8 vouchers.
Castro is expected
to finalize the new regulation, known as “Small-Area Fair Market Rents”
(SAFMR), this October, in the last days of the Obama presidency.
It will set
voucher rent limits by zip code rather than metro area, the current formula,
which makes payments relatively small.
For example, the
fair market rent for a one-bedroom in New York City is about $1,250, which wouldn’t cover rentals in the
more affluent areas of Westchester County, such as Mamaroneck, “where
Castro and his social engineers seek to aggressively resettle Section 8
tenants,” the NY Post said.
In expensive zip codes,
Castro’s plan—which requires no congressional approval—would more than double
the standard subsidy, while also covering utilities.
At the same time,
he intends to reduce subsidies for those who choose to stay in housing in poor
urban areas, such as Brooklyn. So Section 8 tenants won’t just be pulled to the
suburbs, they’ll be pushed there.
“We want to use
our housing-choice vouchers to ensure that we don’t have a concentration of
poverty and the aggregation of racial minorities in one part of town, the poor
part of town,” the HUD chief said, adding that he’s trying to undo the “result
of discriminatory policies and practices in the past, and sometimes even now.”
A draft of the new
HUD rule anticipates more than 350,000 Section 8 voucher holders will initially
be resettled under the SAFMR program. Under Obama, the total number of voucher
households has grown to more than 2.2 million.
argues that larger vouchers will allow poor urban families to “move into areas
that potentially have better access to jobs, transportation, services, and
The theory is that
offering them more money to move to more expensive neighborhoods will “improve
But, as the NY
Post pointed out, HUD’s own studies show the theory doesn’t match reality.
Clinton started a similar program in 1994 called “Moving to Opportunity
Initiative,” which moved thousands of blacks from government projects to
higher-quality homes in safer and less racially segregated neighborhoods in
several counties across the country.
experiment failed dramatically, the NY Post continued:
"A 2011 study
sponsored by HUD found that adults using more generous Section 8 vouchers did
not get better jobs or get off welfare. In fact, more went
on food stamps. And their children did not do better in their new schools. Worse, crime
simply followed them to their safer neighborhoods, ruining the quality of life
for existing residents.
“Males … were
arrested more often than those in the control group, primarily for property
crimes,” the study found.
Dubuque, Iowa, for example, received an influx of voucher holders
from projects in Chicago—and it’s had a problem with crime ever since. A
recent study linked Dubuque’s crime wave directly to Section 8 housing.
HUD then decided,
the NY Post said, that the solution to the “problem” was not to halt
the program, but that it was not aggressive enough. They concluded they could
get the desired results if they placed urban poor in even more affluent areas.
tested this new theory in Dallas
with disastrous results.
Starting in 2012,
the agency sweetened Section 8 voucher payments, and pointed inner-city
recipients to the far-flung counties surrounding Dallas.
government-subsidized rentals spread in all areas of the Metroplex (163 zip
codes vs. 129 zip codes), so did crime.
Now Dallas has one of the highest murder rates in the nation,
and recently had to call in state troopers to help police control it.
For the first
time, violent crime has shifted to the communities north of the city. Three
suburbs that have seen the most Section 8 transfers—Frisco, Plano, and McKinney—have suffered unprecedented spikes in rapes,
assaults, and break-ins, including home invasions.
Castro wants now
to roll this program out nationwide. Soon he will give Section 8 recipients
money to afford rent wherever they choose—and if they don’t want to move, he’ll
make them an offer they can’t refuse, the NY Post said.
Hillary’s own "home town" of Chappaqua, New York is fighting Section 8 housing because of
links to drugs and crime and other problems.