• When "Affordable Housing" Is A Fox

    And Everyone Thinks It's A Rooster!

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    Originally published on MAY 04, 2023.

    Imagine a world where the fox is in charge of the hen house, but everyone thinks he’s a rooster!? The fox smiles and says, “nothing to see here”, as the feathers of his fresh chicken dinner blow in the wind behind him. In today’s world, the fox is munching up all the eggs and every laying hen it can eat pretending he’s protecting the chickens! The fox is in the form of charitable giving that comes from foundations, non profits, and non governmental agencies, created by major corporations, and wealthy families at the top tier of society. From education to housing, the system as we know it is being rebuilt from behind the closed doors of public private partnerships, big philanthropy, government, and big money.

    How can you argue about the needs plaguing the weakest and poorest in society? Especially when the levels of poverty keep rising. More and more families are being pushed into economic hardships through no fault of their own. Inflation is soaring, people are suffering. Housing has become a battleground where advocates for “affordable housing” say that systemic racism is to blame for the lack of housing for people of color. People who own a house today are white privileged, and that these people are anti homes, and keeping people of color out of their neighborhoods. This is nonsense. Many black and brown people own property and live in Connecticut. Zoning is not based on segregation in towns across Connecticut. We had a Civil Rights Movement in this country. We do not have racist zoning laws plaguing our state. Economics is our problem. If you have the money you can live anywhere in Connecticut, it does not matter what race, or creed you are. It’s all about the finances.

    Instead of looking for solutions to poverty and the needs poor families of all ethnicities, agencies like the Regional Planning Association, the parent organization of #DesegregateCT, push racist ideology onto both the public, and the legislature in an attempt to completely reshape how towns and municipalities zone their neighborhoods. #DesegregateCT denies that it is part of RPA, which is rather comical. Why is #DesegragateCT trying to distance itself from its mother organization?

    Let’s follow the money for a look at why that may be. RPA is basically a think tank and policy pusher that is funded by JP Morgan and Chase, Blackstone, Amazon, Bloomberg, and Citi, just to name a few. You can see the list from the annual report from 2022. It reads like the the who’s who in corporate America. This narrative does not work for #DesegregateCT/RPA, most citizens are well aware of the issues that stem from the corruption of big business and it’s marriage to government, and the too big too fail banks. Instead people like Peter Harrison, the director of #DesegregateCT, repeat the racist narrative that “white privileged people” who are anti homes are the problem.

    Yet Peter, who is white and comes from a wealthy community in Connecticut, went to prestigious schools like Old Farms School in Avon with a $52K a year in tuition as the price tag is pointing his finger at regular hard working citizens. Harrison is backed by mega donors and a well funded media campaign to promote the narrative of “white privilege”. The reality is that bad policies in Hartford have plagued our state for decades, and we have yet to recover from the 2008 banking crash. To add insult to injury in 2019 Governor Lamont appointed David Lehman of Goldman and Sachs and the mortgage backed securities fraud that lead to the financial crash of 2008 to be the head of Economic Development. Since then things have only gotten worse in Connecticut. Alexandra Daum, a real estate investor replaced Lehman in 2022. Meanwhile small businesses struggle to survive, many have left Connecticut altogether. The jobs that are here are limited. The largest employers are low paying mega corporations like Walmart and Amazon. Without economic opportunity and a hostile environment for small business, how can anyone survive? Add to that the soaring energy costs and inflation and you see a climate of economic stagnation effecting all people!

    Why is the Melville Trust paying the media to shift public and political will? Is that legal? Melville Trust is another giant that is in the arsenal of affordable housing. The largest trust of its kind in the country. Who helps to fund it?

    There is big money to be made by Real Estate Investment Trusts, REITS. Wall Street has discovered residential housing as commodity to exploit. The future land owner will be BlackRock et al. After the banking crash in 2008, CEO of BlackRock, Larry Fink came to the rescue with the government’s blessing. The Obama Administration gave BlackRock the keys to the United States by allowing Fink to oversee the banking bail out. Larry Fink is a mastermind and created Aladdin, an AI driven data base that can read the market. BlackRock holds trillions of dollars in investments. Some say, BlackRock owns the world. Anyone who’s anyone has investments with them. Look up any major company and you will find that BlackRock holds a major share. Think about that for a minute.

    RPA’s policies will make life harder for the working people of Connecticut by gutting our local municipal zoning regulations and replacing it with centralized zoning that would be controlled by Hartford, and public private partnerships aka bankers and monied interests. The rights of the town’s people would be erased. Towns would be faced with raising mill rates, and citizens would be left paying higher and higher taxes to live in their homes. Many people living in affordable homes would find themselves unable to pay the costs for the “affordable housing” quotas.

    The battle wages in Hartford as citizens fight to keep the diversity and affordability of their towns from giants like RPA who have lots of money and political power to spin a narrative and sway opinions. Follow the money and you will find the reality is that developers and bankers will have authority over local towns in the name of charity and inclusivity.

    Is this the future you want Connecticut?

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    Jennifer Sparks aka J.Cherry

    Jennifer Sparks aka J.Cherry is an independent journalist, radio host, and producer. On the airways she was known as J.Cherry where she produced a popular local radio show, VOICE of the CITY, airing on WESU 88.1FM. There she conducted in depth and candid interviews with artists, politicians, authors, activists, scientists, and community leaders. In 2020 Jennifer left WESU to pursue an independent podcast where she could freely talk about controversial subjects. A mother and wife before being a journalist, she felt compelled to break free and dig into medical freedom, government policy, parental rights, public health, corruption, and big pharma. Over the years Jennifer has been published in local newspapers as a freelance writer. Frustrated with being censored and not being able to publish the stories she felt were important and under reported, she began her own blog. Her work can be found at jcherrrypresents.com and on Substack https://jcherry152.substack.com/.

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