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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.

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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!
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03/02/2020
Transparency is always important in drawing attention to problems, and better understanding them to find solutions!
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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.
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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.

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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.
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So anti-capitalism and pro-socialism. No thanks. Imbecile.
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If people want to offer their reasoning, they will. If they don't, then that's on them. The left cries daily that Trump and the Republicans are trying to destroy democracy, all while pushing crap bills like this that aim to take away our freedom. Hypocrites, all of you. I trust nothing with a democratic sponsor.
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    IntroducedSeptember 17th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 4351?

This bill — the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act — would require Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients to go on the record explaining why they aren’t adopting specific pro-affordability and anti-discriminatory housing policies. Additionally, it would encourage local governments to eliminate restrictions on home businesses and AirBnB-style short-term rentals.

This bill wouldn’t direct localities on specific policies to implement; it would merely require them to detail their rationales for choosing not to cut certain land use regulations and provide more transparency for citizens, lawmakers, academics and others to understand (and critique, when called for) these decisions.

Impact

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients; local zoning decisions; home businesses; AirBNB-style short-term rentals; and YIMBYism.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4351

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) introduced this bill to prioritize grants for local measures that will increase housing supply and affordability:

“We know that certain land use policies can help make housing more affordable and less discriminatory. Increasing the density of residential zoning to include multifamily homes, planning housing and transit development in conjunction with one another, and allowing for accessory dwelling units. White these decisions are rightfully made at the local level, the YIMBY Act will incentivize policies to increase affordability and reduce discrimination. If a local government applies for federal CDBG funding, they’ll need to provide an account of their land use policies and the benefits to their communities.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) added:

“A safe and stable home serves as a bedrock for families. Our federal laws should encourage building affordable housing for our neighbors, not driving up the costs and creating barriers through burdensome and restrictive land use policies.”

Up for Growth Action supports this bill. Its executive director, Mike Kingsells, says

“Up for Growth Action stands ready to help Sen. Young and his colleagues eliminate exclusionary zoning and other artificial barriers to housing that that perpetuate inequity. Many of these regulations have shameful roots in racism, and today they contribute to the housing shortage and affordability crisis that impacts large parts of the country.”

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has expressed support for YIMBY proposals on multiple occasions, including on a June 2019 trip to Minneapolis during which he made public comments criticizing single-family zoning’s effects and encouraging more local governments to follow Minneapolis’ example of eliminating single-family zoning (which the city did in its 2040 Comprehensive Plan) as part of its efforts to address homelessness: 

“The correlation seems very strong: The more zoning restrictions and regulations, the higher the prices and the more homeless people. So, armed with that knowledge, we have to work with these various places. And I don’t think there’s anybody that wants to see homelessness and squalor. We just have to start utilizing the facts and utilizing the evidence to create the policies.”

The Trump White House has made efforts to address affordable housing. On June 25, 2019, President Trump issued an executive order establishing a White House Council on eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing. The order charged the council with investigating the regulatory barriers that hinder housing development, defined as “overly restrictive zoning and growth management controls; rent controls; cumbersome building and rehabilitation codes; excessive energy and water efficiency mandates; unreasonable maximum-density allowances; historic preservation requirements; overly burdensome wetland or environmental regulations; outdated manufactured-housing regulations and restrictions; undue parking requirements; cumbersome and time-consuming permitting and review procedures; tax policies that discourage investment or reinvestment; overly complex labor requirements; and inordinate impact or developer fees.”

In September 2016, the Obama White House published a policy paper, the Housing Development Toolkit, using then-unprecedented YIMBY rhetoric to call on local governments to rethink their zoning laws. The administration called for higher-density developments, speedier permitting and fewer restrictions on accessory dwelling units (e.g., basements and garage apartments), all of which it argued would help address homelessness and rising rent costs.

David Garcia, a researcher at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California Berkeley, says the complex American development approval process leads to higher costs and length delays for new construction and ultimately less housing being constructed. He observes, “In America we've created this system where every single project needs to be poked and prodded and examined before we've given it a thumbs-up to build and have more people to live in our communities.” While Garcia concedes that these requirements may be necessary, he also contends that it’s important to ask “whether or not they’re in line with the goal of actually building more housing.”

Fernando Marti, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, a coalition of affordable housing and community economic development advocates in San Francisco, condemns YIMBYism’s “neoliberal deregulatory worldview”:

“[YIMBYism] tells people who want our homes that they deserve, by virtue of their whiteness and their status as part of a young college-educated elite, to get them. And there lies the genius of this narrative. An agenda for building up the power base of the neoliberal right is not going to get too far in liberal beachheads like San Francisco or New York using the traditional Republican platform. It needs a new story that appeals to young millennials, and it has found it in the “pro-housing” language of the YIMBYs. But in the end, it’s pushing the same underlying principles: the way to a more efficient future is to destroy belief in regulation, public investment, and democratic participation, whether the arena is charter schools or health care or housing affordability. But this story is as thin as the next market crash. We know ‘we’ did not underbuild for decades. It is we, in fact, who built these cities; we who stayed in these neighborhoods while their grandparents fled to racially exclusive suburbs; we who welcomed our brothers and sisters fleeing from Jim Crow and NAFTA and death squads and queer bashing; we who created the urban cultures they so desire; we who continue to fight for cities that center people and homes and communities and culture and environment; we who had and still have the vision of a city that continues to change and evolve, but always, always, is built on democracy. Our vision includes everyone. To continue to build this city for everyone will require new housing, yes, and will require new models to replace the suburban single-family model that collapsed in the financial crisis of 2008. But unless our vision is to introduce new resegregated urban regions with cities exclusively for the rich, and the poor displaced to the suburban peripheries, we will have to work together on an agenda that is the antithesis of the neoliberal deregulatory worldview espoused by much of the YIMBY leadership. We must embrace market regulation, dedicated revenues for and deep public investment in affordable housing, and true democratic participation.”

This legislation passed the House Financial Services Committee by voice vote and has the support of 10 bipartisan cosponsors, including six Democrats and four Republicans.


Of NoteHousing construction per household is at its lowest level in 60 years. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the U.S. built 260,000 too few homes to keep pace with demand in 2018. The combination of low housing stocks, high demand, and stringent restrictions on new development in coastal cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York has led to acute housing affordability problems in these areas.

“Yes in My Backyard,” or “YIMBY,” is the inverse of “Not in My Backyard” (NIMBY). The movement and phrase both originate from Toronto, Canada in 2006. YIMBY advocates support urban development to bring rents down and believe overly restrictive local zoning rules are contributing to depressing housing supplies and higher rents. 

Matthew Lawlor, an attorney specializing in real estate law in Boston, describes five characteristics of YIMBYism. He finds it:

  1. Is intensely local, with grassroots organizations playing a major role in the movement and advocacy work tending to remain local, rather than regional or national;

  2. Arises in response to specific trends in the local population and housing market; 

  3. Secondarily, arises as a specific response to NIMBYism;

  4. Pulls from a broad spectrum of people who are concerned about various aspects of urban places, including affordable housing, urbanism and active mobility (i.e., promoting walking, cycling and transit); and

  5. Is generally an “organizing wing” of the New Urbanism, which recognizes that good development projects vocal neighborhood support. 

Sonja Trauss, director of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation, describes YIMBYs as “advocate[s] for housing” who “believe that not having enough housing to accommodate newcomers is terrible public policy that leads to displacement.” She adds:

“YIMBYs want there to be neighborhoods of all varying levels of affordability close to job centers, so people can participate in the city’s economy. Whatever your situation is, we think you should be able to live in the city center if you want to… If you are in a growing metro area, like San Francisco, there will be times when housing development is proposed in your neighborhood. Being a YIMBY means piping up and supporting that development at neighborhood meetings, or by emails to the government.”

The Atlantic reports that across the U.S., YIMBY groups have found success in “appealing to people’s sense of equity and fairness.” Gabriel Metcalf, president and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), says this strategy is especially effective with progressives

“I think there are more people understanding housing as a social-justice issue. While they might not like their communities changing with higher-density buildings, more people understand that they are necessary to live up to our values as progressives.”

Despite the rise of YIMBY sentiment, opposition to construction remains. In July 2017 the Atlantic reported that “[t]hroughout the Bay Area, and the country, there’s still significant resistance to building housing in many expensive communities.” As an example, it cited a May 2017 meeting in Menlo Park, California over a proposal to meet 150 affordable housing units, which was “met with typical NIMBYism.”

Writing for In These Times’ June 2018 issue, Toshio Meronek pointed out that YIMBYism as it’s currently practiced in the Bay Area is a “deeply polarizing force” that has sidelined the work of established housing advocacy groups fighting against working-class communities of color’s displacement. Meronek reports, “In San Francisco, these housing advocates are wary of the YIMBYs’ free-market bent, particularly when the movement is made up of so many young, white tech workers” who aren’t always sensitive to established minority communities’ concerns.

Maria Zamudio, an organizer with the Plaza 16 Coalition, an anti-gentrification group based in San Francisco’s Mission District, tells a personal story about her eventual disillusionment with San Francisco’s YIMBY movement. When she first saw the term YIMBY in 2016, she was interested: although suspicious of the group’s “homogenous whiteness,” she though the campaign could help demystify complex issues such as land use and zoning. However, she came to sour on the YIMBY movement and to see the YIMBY ethos as an oversimplification that ignores development’s racist history. She now believes the YIMBY movement “is about developers and speculators who are starting to get a bad rap and need to rebrand themselves.”

More broadly, many anti-gentrification and displacement groups argue that the new development YIMBYs advocate threatens their communities. In California, a statewide YIMBY group’s efforts to pass a controversial bill going after single-family zoning was fiercely opposed by organizations representing low-income communities of color, some of which accused the YIMBYs of having a white privilege problem and others which criticized the YIMBYs for being too cozy with the Bay Area’s tech industry (which funds much of of the Bay Area’s YIMBY activity).

In response to these criticisms, YIMBY groups contend that any new housing is better than none at all. In a September 14, 2017 meeting at the San Francisco Planning Commission in which she argued in favor of a proposed 75-unit development in the San Francisco Mission that was intended to be mostly market rate units, Trauss pointed out that the people who’d live in the unit would “live somewhere,” and eventually displacing “someone somewhere else” in the absence of that particular development because “demand doesn’t disappear.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang with contributions from Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / photovs)

AKA

Yes In My Backyard Act

Official Title

To require certain grantees under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to submit a plan to track discriminatory land use policies, and for other purposes.

    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!
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    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.
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    Transparency is always important in drawing attention to problems, and better understanding them to find solutions!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    So anti-capitalism and pro-socialism. No thanks. Imbecile.
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    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.
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    If people want to offer their reasoning, they will. If they don't, then that's on them. The left cries daily that Trump and the Republicans are trying to destroy democracy, all while pushing crap bills like this that aim to take away our freedom. Hypocrites, all of you. I trust nothing with a democratic sponsor.
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    If people want to restrict access to their neighborhoods, they should at the very least have to explain why.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Fairness in equal housing needs to be transparent, otherwise greed, racism, and classism seep into our community and grow like a cancer.
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    We need affordable housing. It’s time to start somewhere. Not addressing a problem is the real issue.
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Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a criminal investigation of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Absolutely!
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    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.
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    Housing is vital to a healthy community.
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    Take your SOCIAL JUSTICE and SHOVE IT‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
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