11.07.2019 0

Localities take second look at HUD grants after Congress prohibits federal interference in zoning

Local cities rejecting HUD funds over zoning concerns and then accepting them after Congress banned federal interference proves Article I defund works:

In 2016, Hampden Township, Pa. opted out of receiving part of the $1.4 million of community development block grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had allocated to Cumberland County. The issue? The 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation put in place by the Obama administration that allows HUD to condition $3 billion of those grants on making changes to local zoning ordinances to comply federal income and race guidelines. More than 1,200 cities and counties nationwide receive those grants. But, because of a change to federal law by Congress to prohibit the use of funds to rezone local cities and counties under the regulation, allowing cities and counties can decide for themselves how to use the funds, , Hampden Township has reversed course. But will the federal government stay out of the way?

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