Last year, the government rolled out a sweeping Affirmative Action program targeting neighborhoods across the country. It’s called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” – the product of an Obama executive order.
Now the Department of Housing and Urban Development is affirmatively implementing rules (not passed or authorized by Congress) to try to change the makeup of thousands of neighborhoods. Specifically, HUD aims to “encourage” communities that are deemed too prosperous and too homogenous to create housing options specifically for low-income and non-white persons.
Any neighborhoods that fail to sufficiently diversify risk federal investigations and financial repercussions. It’s a catch-22, though, for communities that are federally fingered for a demographic remake. If they comply with government demands, they risk seeing crime rates and other social ills rise and their property values drop.
There is at least some Congressional resistance to this heavy-handed HUD scheme. Arizona Republican Paul Gosar said, “American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering…”
Rural Areas Still Largely Unreconstructed by Federal Bureaucrats
If you own a home in a nice suburban neighborhood, the government may soon be sending in new neighbors from the other side of town.
Rural areas, on the other hand, will be more difficult for the feds to socially re-engineer. The surest way to get away from unwanted neighbors is to own a house on some acreage. Large, private homesteads may be financially out of reach in most parts of the country. But for the price of a 700 square-foot condo in Manhattan, you can have a two-story house on a 7-acre plot of land in Montana.
Going rural has many financial and practical advantages. The country lifestyle isn’t for everyone, particularly people whose careers require them to live near large cities. But there are still plenty of wide open spaces in some sparsely populated Western states where land is relatively cheap. If you’re looking to build your bunker somewhere far away from it all, consider moving to one of the least densely populated states.