When the feds will stop fighting housing discrimination: Trump and the federal government


The federal government is expected to sign a long-awaited agreement Thursday that would allow cities and counties to create affordable housing in their communities.

The deal, expected to be announced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, will mark the latest milestone in the fight to reverse a decades-long effort to keep poor people from becoming homeless by denying them federal assistance.

“This historic agreement is the beginning of a new era in affordable housing for all Americans, and we thank President Trump for his leadership on this important issue,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), a co-sponsor of the bill.

“This historic bill represents a major step forward in the federal housing program that has been a central part of the fight against homelessness.”

The agreement would make it easier for cities and states to build low-income housing, which currently requires an influx of millions of dollars in private-sector dollars and local tax dollars.

Under the deal, local governments would be able to request federal assistance from HUD, which would then approve affordable housing projects that could be built by private developers, with no federal subsidy.

The federal government has long argued that such housing is needed to address rising homelessness and that private developers have an incentive to build such housing.

The agreement would allow local governments to build affordable housing as they see fit, with the federal share remaining at a level that meets federal housing goals.”HUD is committed to helping ensure that our nation’s communities are ready to support the growing need for housing, and that housing is accessible to everyone,” Castro said.

“In the years ahead, we will continue to work closely with HUD and other federal agencies to ensure that housing for those who need it is accessible and affordable to everyone.”

The deal was announced in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in May to strike down a key provision of the federal law that required public housing projects to include affordable housing.

Under this ruling, the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1996, known as the Fair Housing Act, required federal government housing assistance programs to help low- and moderate-income Americans who were denied housing assistance because of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity or disability.

The law required states and localities to provide housing assistance to people who qualified for housing assistance, but did not require the federal governments to do so.

In the years since, Congress has sought to rewrite the law and the housing programs that had been created by the act, often in response, and now has reached a deal with Castro that would expand on some of the language of the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

The deal was unveiled in early September.

“The Fair Housing act is one of the pillars of our country’s history,” Castro told reporters at the White House on Sept. 5.

“It has served as a blueprint for housing programs in the United States for generations, and it has given millions of Americans the confidence that they can succeed in the American Dream.”

In 2016, Congress passed the Fairness in Housing Act of 2016, which made HUD a division of the Department of Housing and Development and provided a more flexible approach to the housing and other benefits that are provided to people in public housing.

But the act’s language was controversial.

The Trump administration fought to eliminate HUD’s Fair Housing role, which it now holds.

The housing agreement with Castro, the third in the housing overhaul, also would require states to set aside $10 million annually for HUD to help people who were formerly denied housing benefits because of their race, religion or national origin.

In addition, states would have to implement housing-related workforce training, including on how to access federal housing assistance.

The agreement with the Trump administration would allow counties to develop affordable housing on their own, but it would not affect existing projects that were approved by HUD.

Under a deal that was struck last year with the Department’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, states could use that money to fund new housing projects for low- to moderate-level people who qualify for HUD assistance.

Under the deal with the Castro administration, these new projects would be funded with an additional $10 billion in the first year of the agreement, $30 billion in each of the first three years, and $50 billion each of each of those three years.

States could also use up to $5 million a year to help build new affordable housing or develop other supportive housing.

In a statement announcing the agreement with HUD, the White Houses Office of Management and Budget said the deal “will ensure that HUD and state housing development programs will be more fully integrated into the broader federal housing strategy, as well as support communities’ access to affordable housing.”

The announcement came just a few days after Castro met with HUD Secretary John Kelly in Washington.

Kelly was on the White Commons in the Rose Garden to celebrate a historic agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, the first major deal between the two countries.

“We look forward to working with the incoming Trump administration to further advance our shared