For the third time this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has focused on revising an Obama-era desegregation rule. In the past, Ben Carson has described this rule as "social engineering" and now aims to "streamline and enhance" the rule.

Carson is proposing changing this rule as a way to avoid NIMBYism. However, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing doctrine requires jurisdictions that receive funding from HUD to not only work towards ending discrimination, but also actively work to undo patterns of racial segregation.

Ballard Spahr Partner Amy Glassman says, the rule "creates a huge planning and reporting requirement," which critics say would take a toll on limited resources. Glassman continues, "They believe in fair housing and they believe in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, but they think there’s gotta be a more efficient way to do it."

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