Obama Pushing Landlords To Ignore Criminal Records

President Obama's administration wants to push landlords to ignore the criminal records of would-be renters. This means that many renters could be forced to unknowingly live near felons they wish to avoid.

According to Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the “disparate impact” theory of racism says landlords are racists if they have a color-blind practice of excluding all felons from their buildings. According to federal data, it has a greater impact on African-Americans because blacks tend to commit crimes at a higher rate than whites.

In new guidelines released this week HUD said:

"The Fair Housing Act prohibits both intentional housing discrimination and housing practices that have an unjustified discriminatory effect because of race, national origin, or other protected characteristics. Because of widespread racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system, criminal history-based restrictions on access to housing are likely disproportionately to burden African-Americans and Hispanics. While the Act does not prohibit housing providers from appropriately considering criminal history information when making housing decisions, arbitrary and overbroad criminal history-related bans are likely to lack a legally sufficient justification."

On Monday, HUD Secretary Julian Castro addressed the annual meeting of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and spoke of the new rules saying:

“The fact that you were arrested shouldn’t keep you from getting a job and it shouldn’t keep you from renting a home. When someone has been convicted of a crime and has paid their debt to society, then they ought to have an effective second chance at life. The ability to find housing is an indispensable second chance in life."

In addition, Castro executed the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule” (AFFH) program to give — as National Review’s Stanley Kurtz explained:

"…the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood. This means the federal government can impose a preferred racial and ethnic composition, or housing density, or transportation plan, and or business-development rules, into every suburb and city around the nation. This new power weakens the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education."

In fact, it re-assigned Chicago’s low-income housing to Dubuque, Iowa, in order to force Dubuque to take on more low-income residents. That means establishment Democrats can now transport lower-income blacks from desirable real-estate south of Chicago to nearby towns such as Dubuque.

Last year, the Obama administration had a major embarrassment with HUD when it was revealed that the department improperly gave away $37 million in housing subsidies to people who did not qualify for the assistance.

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