Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 4351

YIMBY Act: Should Communities Have to Explain the Rationale for Not Adopting Housing Policies to Increase Affordability & Address Discrimination?

Argument in favor

Lack of adequate housing stock, especially in major coastal cities, is pushing people out of the communities they want to live in and causing rent prices to increase astronomically in certain places. While the federal government can’t affect local regulations directly, it can impose more accountability and transparency about zoning decisions through this bill and possibly “name and shame” localities that use regulations and zoning as tools of housing discrimination.

jimK's Opinion
···
03/02/2020
Affordable housing has been and still is a big issue for our country. If a city wants taxpayer funds in block grants they ought to be accountable for meeting our County’s needs. I think the legislation needs more work on specific guidelines regarding the intended uses of block grant funds and how those requests would be evaluated. There are certainly many issues that can effect zoning decisions beyond not wanting a lower economic class in someone’s ‘backyard’ including very real infrastructure issues involving utilities and traffic access. I am a little concerned about adding B&B’s and enterprise permits, because they are not just about affordable housing. Also, this needs to be legislated and not just worked by administration policy, so it has a chance to have some lasting ‘teeth’. … … … Oh, and for you folks advocating for the free-market to resolve this and that capitalism should determine housing and not socialism; Fine, do not accept Federal Block Grants for housing, or electric power grids, water delivery, or sewage removal and treatment systems. Hell, our military forces are working on behalf of all the people- and that is socialism in action! That argument applied against doing anything that supports broad cross sections of people, or even small groups of people like farmers receiving crop subsidies to plant and plow under useless crops instead of practicing good crop rotation and other sound land management or bailing out farmers for dumb-ass trade war market loss, your disability payments are ALL, each and every one of them by their very nature are socialistic and not capitalistic. So stop with the knee jerk reaction to the word socialist before you think about what it means and how much you depend upon socialism every day. Jeezzzzee!
Like (69)
Follow
Share
Leslie's Opinion
···
03/02/2020
Transparency is always important in drawing attention to problems, and better understanding them to find solutions!
Like (21)
Follow
Share
Kodiwodi's Opinion
···
03/02/2020
Let’s see the community wants to take part in a block grant otherwise known in some places as a handout, but wants at the same time to discriminate using that same money? Oh feels like cognitive dissonance. No.
Like (17)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

Given the lack of enforcement mechanism, this is a toothless bill that likely won’t achieve much, if anything, in the way of real change. There’s also no need for it in light of the fact that the White House has established a council to study the affordable housing crisis and the YIMBY movement’s strong momentum on its own. Finally, issues with YIMBYism itself — especially its marginalization of established low-income minority communities — is a concern.

ManfromNebraska's Opinion
···
03/02/2020
This is a free country let the market take care of affordable housing. If developers have any brains they will make affordable housing available. I believe the discrimination card has been over played for years. It is rare in today’s society. People in today’s society mainly see green.
Like (16)
Follow
Share
Joseph's Opinion
···
03/03/2020
The three most difficult to obtain for the lower income Healthcare, Housing, and College. The three areas in the market with the most government interference Healthcare, Housing, and college.
Like (9)
Follow
Share
···
03/02/2020
So anti-capitalism and pro-socialism. No thanks. Imbecile.
Like (8)
Follow
Share
    Affordable housing has been and still is a big issue for our country. If a city wants taxpayer funds in block grants they ought to be accountable for meeting our County’s needs. I think the legislation needs more work on specific guidelines regarding the intended uses of block grant funds and how those requests would be evaluated. There are certainly many issues that can effect zoning decisions beyond not wanting a lower economic class in someone’s ‘backyard’ including very real infrastructure issues involving utilities and traffic access. I am a little concerned about adding B&B’s and enterprise permits, because they are not just about affordable housing. Also, this needs to be legislated and not just worked by administration policy, so it has a chance to have some lasting ‘teeth’. … … … Oh, and for you folks advocating for the free-market to resolve this and that capitalism should determine housing and not socialism; Fine, do not accept Federal Block Grants for housing, or electric power grids, water delivery, or sewage removal and treatment systems. Hell, our military forces are working on behalf of all the people- and that is socialism in action! That argument applied against doing anything that supports broad cross sections of people, or even small groups of people like farmers receiving crop subsidies to plant and plow under useless crops instead of practicing good crop rotation and other sound land management or bailing out farmers for dumb-ass trade war market loss, your disability payments are ALL, each and every one of them by their very nature are socialistic and not capitalistic. So stop with the knee jerk reaction to the word socialist before you think about what it means and how much you depend upon socialism every day. Jeezzzzee!
    Like (69)
    Follow
    Share
    This is a free country let the market take care of affordable housing. If developers have any brains they will make affordable housing available. I believe the discrimination card has been over played for years. It is rare in today’s society. People in today’s society mainly see green.
    Like (16)
    Follow
    Share
    Transparency is always important in drawing attention to problems, and better understanding them to find solutions!
    Like (21)
    Follow
    Share
    Let’s see the community wants to take part in a block grant otherwise known in some places as a handout, but wants at the same time to discriminate using that same money? Oh feels like cognitive dissonance. No.
    Like (17)
    Follow
    Share
    Everything we can do to even the field for the 99% is what we should be doing. I'm sick of laws and policies that give all the breaks to the obscenely wealthy.
    Like (16)
    Follow
    Share
    Lack of housing pushes people out of communities that they have lived in all of there life and helped grow. We have expand affordable housing and become more transparent to increase prosperity in community’s that have built our country.
    Like (14)
    Follow
    Share
    There is a crisis of affordable housing in the country. If communities are getting money from the government they should have to increase the affordable housing units.
    Like (13)
    Follow
    Share
    The three most difficult to obtain for the lower income Healthcare, Housing, and College. The three areas in the market with the most government interference Healthcare, Housing, and college.
    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
    If people want to restrict access to their neighborhoods, they should at the very least have to explain why.
    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
    So anti-capitalism and pro-socialism. No thanks. Imbecile.
    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
    Affordable housing is one of the biggest problems in this country. Even a small city in SE Kansas was discussing this & decided that more housing should be made available for median level households & they thought $120,000 was a good price home. Good Lord. This country needs cute smaller houses with normal counters & plain bathrooms that cost between $30,000 - $50,000. What kind of salary do people get that they think everyone makes enough money to afford that expensive a house.
    Like (8)
    Follow
    Share
    We need affordable housing. It’s time to start somewhere. Not addressing a problem is the real issue.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Take your SOCIAL JUSTICE and SHOVE IT‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Fairness in equal housing needs to be transparent, otherwise greed, racism, and classism seep into our community and grow like a cancer.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Housing is vital to a healthy community.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Anything the federal government can do to stimulate affordable housing is necessary right now. While this may not have enough teeth and enforcement for some, it's a good start and we should pass it so we can start making moves towards stopping the housing crisis in this country. And holding communities accountable seems like a great idea.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Every time Government sticks their nose in to try to "level" a playing field, all they do is create more sinkholes for the citizens to fall into. Govt needs to stay out.
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    Absolutely!
    Like (5)
    Follow
    Share
    NIMBYs are a scourge that just want to not have to look at a problem rather than actively address the root of it.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    Nothing in the constitution gives federal bureaucrats the authority to require localities to have to explain themselves to the federal government on this issue. Localities are sovereign over all issues not explicitly granted to the federal government by the constitution. And silly, burdensome regulation like this one only adds costs that make housing unaffordable. But affordable housing is not really their goal; the real goal is expanding federal power. That’s all they really care about.
    Like (4)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE