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The Curious Case of Urban Homesteading

In 1989, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  Jack Kemp was in full boosterism mode.

Speaking at a national housing convention shortly after his swearing in, Kemp, a former US representative and NFL quarterback, sung the praises of programs that allowed public housing tenants to purchase their buildings and become homeowners.

For Kemp, these “urban homesteaders,” mostly low-income black women, proved that “poor folks can become managers, producers, entrepreneurs . . . if only government helps clear obstacles.” Homeownership transformed welfare recipients into workers and taxpayers by harnessing “the greatest engine of growth ever devised — entrepreneurial free enterprise.” HUD’s small-scale experiments in resident ownership, Kemp insisted, represented “one of the most dynamic movements in America since Rosa Parks moved to the front of the bus and helped launch a crusade.” After all, “equal access to homeownership was what the American dream was all about.

The false promise of homeownership

The sacrosanct status of homeownership, and of the public policies that sustain and encourage it, is one of the rare points of agreement across the political spectrum today. The 2016 Democratic platform promised to ensure that “everyone has a fair shot at homeownership.” President Trump  proclaimed June “National Home Ownership Month,” while Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson  labeled homeownership “the essence of freedom.” Most Americans concur , seeing homeownership at the heart of the American Dream.

This wasn’t always so. While Americans today equate homeownership with long-standing ideas about what it means to be American, in actuality, politicians and a powerful real estate lobby constructed this ideal in the post-World War II era — with profound implications for inequality. Realtors and politicians came together to promote affordable homeownership to stifle demand for more public housing. The policies they enacted made homeownership more attainable for middle- and upper-income white families, but have left minorities and low-income Americans behind in the process. If this was the American Dream, it was one purposefully put out of reach of many Americans.

Obama Gives New Grant to ACORN; Did He Violate Federal Law?

Why is President Obama apparently defying federal law by funding ACORN?

Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration is flouting the will of Congress by giving federal taxpayer money to ACORN.

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Your question should read: "Did he violate ANOTHER federal law?", and the answer is a resounding YES!

He has broken several, and thinks that he does not have to follow the law.