Untried, Untested: Will President Trump Destroy or Save Affordable Housing Across America?

Access to affordable housing is one of the thorniest challenges facing American cities. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are homeless; millions more struggle to keep up with housing costs that are rising faster than incomes; racial segregation keeps minorities out of neighborhoods with the most amenities and opportunities. The problems are myriad, and governments have struggled to keep up. Under President Obama, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pushed for desegregation across the country, adopting new rules that required cities to prove that they were economically and racially integrating communities in order to continue receiving federal funds. America is now facing the new reality of a Donald Trump presidency. Change is certainly coming, but what kind of change, exactly, is difficult to tell. Trump is not known for producing detailed plans, and despite being a real estate developer, he has yet to lay out a clear vision for housing and urban policy. His pick to lead HUD is a medical doctor, Ben Carson, who has no experience in the area and has said that he is not qualified to lead a federal agency. HUD is also the same agency that sued Trump in 1973 for racial discrimination, and ...
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