section-8-sign-300x200New regulation would nationalize zoning laws and centralize housing decisions in D.C.

Barack Obama wants to radically redistribute housing, by forcibly converting middle class communities into Section 8 housing.

“The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to release new regulations that would set aside taxpayer money to build cheap housing for poor people in richer areas,” The Washington Times reports.  “Under the rules, the federal government would be able to overrule zoning laws of more than 1,200 local governments and force communities to comply.”

Under Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation “escalating pressure will be placed on municipalities across the country to abandon local zoning policies and re-engineer housing stock at local expense,” National Review’s Stanley Kurtz reports.  It “would be one of the most radical and transformative actions ever taken by the Obama administration.”

Liberals hailed Obama’s forced housing redistribution scheme.  The Urban Institute calls the current system, where you live where you can afford, a practice “that prevents people from living where they want to.”

Under the Obama plan, liberals can simply seize a middle-class neighborhood and forcibly relocate Section 8 housing into it.

They call seizing other people’s property “housing rights.”  Democrats plan to use the forced redistribution of housing as an issue to generate voter turnout in inner city communities by promising to give them homes in middle class neighborhoods.

“As the president reaches the end of his second term, he has made it clear that his top priorities during his waning days are furthering his far-left political agenda by forcing big government programs on the American people,” said Rep. Paul Gosar.  “His new AFFH regulation is one of the most far-reaching attempts yet to punish communities that don’t submit to the president’s liberal ideology. American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government.”

“Furthermore, HUD officials shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble. Local zoning decisions have traditionally been, and should always be, made by local communities, not bureaucrats in Washington DC,” said Gosar.

The House voted 229-193 to block Obama from imposing the regulation, but he will undoubtedly veto it.