Team Obama Steps Up Racial Standards for Neighborhoods

July 23, 2013
Fox News 

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, addressing the NAACP's recent convention, said the Obama administration is preparing to wage war against "a quieter form" of housing discrimination: predominantly white neighborhoods. These areas -- characterized by the best schools, government services, shopping, and other amenities -- are not being promoted to prospective home buyers of color, Donovan noted. While segregation in the past was accomplished through exclusion via practices such as restrictive property covenants, today there simply is a lack of inclusion. To address the issue, HUD is rolling out a new interactive database that will guide action on proposed regulation compelling agencies to "affirmatively further" the inclusion of minorities in white communities. Local and state governments that do not cultivate greater diversity -- via their interactions with developers, real estate agents, homeowners associations, zoning officials, and other players -- will see HUD grants withheld. New maps using Census data to score neighborhoods on their racial and ethnic concentrations, income, and community services will show HUD which areas are fostering cultural diversity and which are not. "Make no mistake," Donovan told NAACP convention-goers. "This is a big deal."
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