EXCERPT: “Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, proposed on Monday new changes to an Obama-era rule aimed at combating segregation in housing policy. Carson wants the rule to focus more on reducing the regulatory burdens of local jurisdictions and on giving them more control, while encouraging actions that bolster housing choice and increase housing supply. In a statement, Carson said the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, enacted during the previous administration, ‘often dictated unworkable requirements’ adding that the rule was also ‘suffocating investment in some of our most distressed neighborhoods.’ ‘We do not have to abandon communities in need. Instead we believe we can craft a new, fairer rule that creates choices for quality housing across all communities,’ Carson said. The 2015 AFFH rule was implemented to strengthen the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act.” FULLSTORY: