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house Bill H.R. 482

Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017

    This proposed law is deeply problematic. Spatial representation of housing discrimination is critical to fixing the problem. And through that, we all win.
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    This is a bill that would defund research on housing discrimination and regulations. It is no surprise that this is happening under DT, given his own record of discriminating against African Americans and who was sued, along with his father, by the gov. For doing this very thing in NYC. This is an unnecessary and dangerous precedent.
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    This bill attempts to undermine the Fair Housing Act and reintroduce the practice of redlining. This bill must be stopped.
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    This bill and its twin, S 103, only serve to further systematic segregation by defunding HUD's fair housing program and limiting access to geospatial data on racial disparities.
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    Eliminating data in disparities will not eliminate the disparity. We cannot stick our heads in the sand about racial/ethnic disparities.
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    This bill is an attack on reasoned policy, on corrective action to address racial disparities in housing and assist the poor. It is an attack on data. Please oppose HR482.
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    Data is what helps us understand the conditions that exist and the reasons why. Backtracking these efforts will hinder progress toward more equitable housing and will enable the continued of unjust practices and racial bias.
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    This bill bars any federal monies to track, build or utilize databases regarding racial disparities related to affordable housing. This is horrible and meant to target the poorest and most oppressed.
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    We cannot let Congress undermine the Fair Housing Act and cover it up by prohibiting the collection of and access to information about it. I do not want my tax dollars used to fund segregated public housing. The Civil Rights Act, including the Fair Housing Act, is law of the land. We must continue to enforce and uphold it.
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    This bill states: "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing." Attacking and obstructing the collection of basic data and facts about how far we've come and how much work there is left to do is irresponsible.
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    Another attack on our ability to articulate and combat systemic racism.
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    HB 482 and SB 103 I am an epidemiologist - Data is not partisan. It is ludicrous to ban funding for use of databases to make INFORMED decisions as how to best address social and public health problems and how to most efficiently address those problems. say no to HB 462 and SB 103.
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    We should be promoting transparency in housing to avoid racial discrimination. This bill does the opposite and should not be supported.
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    the bill stands at odds with the pursuit of knowledge about human geography, including census data. The bill would prohibit a significant amount of the work we do on race, racism, and fair housing in the US, as well as GIS research more broadly, all of which thwart work towards social justice.
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    This act will remove tools the government has to enforce fair housing. Removing these tools will only enable racist policies. This bill is unacceptable
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    In plain language, this bill aims to blatantly eliminate transparency by banning data sets for mapping, which are used by those who use geospatial information to map and visualize to the public on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing (like by government agencies, advocates, university researchers and community based organizations). This is aimed to further marginalize African Americans and Latinos and other vulnerable populations and limit knowledge of their rights to fair housing.
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    This bill just gives the Secretary of HUD more decision making power without evidence-based research to back those decisions. Section 3 prohibits the use of federal funds to design, build, maintain utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of Geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.
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    The following means that federal funds will not be used to create a database looking for deliberate discrimination. Section 3 is not appropriate and could assist in covering up unconstitutional conduct. SEC. 3. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.
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