Hundreds of thousands of poor Americans will soon be able to move to better areas, thanks to this judge

Hundreds of thousands of poor Americans will soon be able to move to better areas, thanks to this judge, Tracy Jan, The Washington Post, Dec. 28, 2017, available here

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement an Obama-era rule on Jan. 1 that would give low-income families greater access to housing in more affluent neighborhoods.

The 2016 rule was designed to break up areas of concentrated poverty in two dozen metro regions, from Atlanta and Charlotte to San Diego and Honolulu.

It would operate by taking into account the rental prices in specific neighborhoods — instead of averaging across an entire metropolitan area — making it easier for poor people to afford apartments in middle-class neighborhoods with better schools, lower crime rates and more job opportunities.

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