Readers Write: Section 8 housing is not suburban lifestyle dream


I am writing in response to your Aug. 7 editorial, “The Suburban Lifestyle Dream,” and to bring to the attention of your readers a number of facts and the history, not personal opinions or agendas, regarding the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule.
As stated in the July 8, 2015, National Review article by Stanley Kurtz, “Massive Government Overreach: Obama’s AFFH Rule Is Out,” ( “AFFH is an attempt to achieve economic integration.”
According to a May 8, 2016, article in the New York Post by Paul Sperry, “Obama’s last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy” (, “Castro (Julian Castro served as the 16th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017) plans to launch the Section 8 reboot this fall, even though a similar program tested a few years ago in Dallas has been blamed for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods. It’s all part of a grand scheme to forcibly desegregate inner cities and integrate the outer suburbs.”
The following quote from the Feb. 17, 2014, New York Times article by Joseph Berger, “An Affordable Housing Project Faces Opposition in Wealthy Chappaqua,” (, exposes who pays for the Section 8 housing based on the a desegregation settlement Westchester County reached in 2009 that is being overseen by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development:
“It requires the county to spend $51.6 million by 2016 to help finance the building of 750 units of moderate- and low-income housing in some of Westchester’s 31 largely white communities, including Rye, Larchmont, Harrison and Mount Pleasant. The county is required to aggressively market those apartments to nonwhites.”
As for where the property is located in Nassau County available for this Section 8 housing, may I quote a fellow letter writer and reader, “Try the vast, quickly accelerating stock of empty retail spaces, for one. The land is there, unless these flying monkeys who show up at town meeting protesting new construction are imagining things. Right? And the Macy’s property?”
In conclusion, of course black lives matter, but does the editor really believe that 65 percent of suburban voters have a favorable view of the BLM (Bolshevik, Leftist and Marxist) political movement?

Walter J. Jaworski
New Hyde Park

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