A tweet from the president followed the HUD announcement, “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low-income housing built in your neighborhood,” President Donald Trump tweeted a few days later.
“Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!”
The Trump tweets continued: “The “suburban housewife” will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long-running program where low-income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!"
These comments are out of touch with what we in suburbia believe. It assumes a Stepford wives’ mentality of suburban women. It doesn’t recognize that the protests and marches following George Floyd’s death show a genuine desire and commitment from white suburban moms and their children to join with their African American and Latinx neighbors to show solidarity and a shared belief in a vibrant and welcoming community. This commitment was reflected in Westchester’s County Executive’s strong response to the Trump/Carson announcement. His words, quoted here in Patch. https://patch.com/new-york/whiteplains/latimer-denounces-trumps-elimination-fair-housing-regs.
Westchester’s top not for profit housing professionals came together, providing an informed response to the dissolution of AFFH. The rebuttal is on our website, with this link. https://www.alliedcommunity.org/news
Both Peter Russell, ACE’s President, and I, ACE’s Executive Director, penned two different pieces after reading the wall street journal’s op-ed. The notion that the suburbs are an impending disaster is simply not true. Here are our responses.