YIMBYs, Workforce Housing, and Community Land Trusts: All Means to an End to Private Property

There is a widespread, institutionally manned drive to invade the sanctity of your home by forcing you to share it with illegal aliens. For decades, housing rules and regulations have been thrust upon us through federal grants from Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Transportation (DOT), and other departments – all set up to reinvent government. 

Simultaneously, the “global elite,” or those who are in control of our nation, and others are using non-governmental organizations (NGO) under the aegis of the United Nations (UN). These NGOs include the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Lands Institute (ULI), and too many others to list on a single page. 

These entities work tirelessly to push humans, animals and crops off of rural and suburban land and into cities. Meanwhile, they contort and manipulate cities into conforming to new standards: “Smart Growth,” “stack ’n pack housing,” and now, “15-minute, Smart Cities.” 

The “useless eaters,” as they deem anyone over 65 or handicapped, are to be relegated to nursing homes, tucked away in tiny rooms and fed any and all drugs of choice so they might sojourn off this mortal coil prematurely.

It wasn’t that long ago when owners of single-family homes were forbidden to build a mother-in-law unit – no matter how large their property was. Now, thanks to our federal government, which unconstitutionally brings in millions of illegal immigrants, we are suddenly pressed to build those and more. And they are finding new, unique ways to find housing for them: pushing the public to give them rooms in their homes; taking over hotels; urging others to build pod homes in their backyards. 

It certainly will be interesting when an original homeowner decides to sell and learns that he may own his house structure, and perhaps 4 or 5 feet of land around it, but the rest belongs to the squatters. This is not to confuse you- there are no laws on this yet, but you can bet your sweet bippy this, or something worse, will come about from those same unelected, federal officials in D.C. who have been restructuring the federal government and America itself for the past some hundred years.

I’m not going to take you back to Habitat I or II or Agenda 21. However, since the early 2000s, we’ve endured numerous “visioning meetings,” which are controlled by trained facilitators to get us to say the words they want to hear. These words are, “we want smaller homes, walkable/bikeable cities and more public transportation. We want parks, libraries, stores, and medical services (but no churches), all close by.”

This, in essence, explains “Smart Cities,” which use International Building Codes (IBC) to bring cities into conformity with the rest of the world.

Then, consider “Blue Lines,” or boundaries around the cities that designate where construction would end — rather like the Berlin Wall. No construction may occur outside that blue line. Next, we saw the stealing of rural land for so-called “green energy” and CO2 pipelines, which ironically are anything but green.

All of this was done before the floodgates were opened to any and all illegals, but especially to the dangerous, military-age men. The thieves in D.C. welcomed those who despise our culture and are opposed to our values, attitudes, and beliefs. If the powers at play really believe in these interlopers, why are they asking us, the middle-class people with modest-sized homes, to welcome them in? They, the elites, Obama, Biden, Gates and so on, all have numerous huge homes. Allow them to set the example! In my dreams.

Barak and Michelle Obama’s enormous home

The scary part is that much of the public are accepting this abomination from their state and federal officials. I realize that many have been dumbed down for decades, but it is hard to believe that this isn’t finally waking them up. I always believed Americans were different; that when the SHTF, they would wake up – especially those in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. Now, I must accept that Montana bumper stickers and license-plate holder statements were great, and maybe worked while I was still living there. But today, “Don’t Californite Montana” is merely a meme that had meaning back in pre-internet times. I truly thought Montanans would not let themselves become so corrupt as to let the California refugees from Newsom-ville, Oregon, Washington and Hollywood erase their great values. 

Yet, they have, starting with electing RINOs to the highest government offices (I should say “more RINOs,” as there have always been some snakes in the grass). So, Montana, following Colorado down the sewer hole, is on board with one of the latest property-stealing schemes of the New World Order. To wit:

“Lawmakers in Montana’s state legislature advanced bills in April that would shake up zoning, land use and building codes, making it much easier for property owners to build new housing — and much harder for local authorities to stop them,” a news report from Bloomberg News revealed to APC.

“A flurry of five separate ‘Yes In My Backyard’ bills — all five sponsored by Republican legislators — are winding their way through various committees. One would require cities to permit backyard flats and other accessory dwelling units by right.”

Oy, there’s more:

“The wave of legislation is the work of a diverse group of advocates from both the political left and right. The coalition behind this push is clear about its goal: Montana needs to head off a housing crisis at the pass.”

“On this point advocates can agree, even if on almost every other subject, they’re worlds apart. And by joining forces, this left-right coalition cleared a political impasse that has blocked so-called housing-abundant policies, which strive to remove barriers to new construction.”

“‘We were able to go to mostly Republicans and talk about free markets [and] the importance of property rights. They were able to go to folks on the left and talk about climate and social impacts,’ says Kendall Cotton, president and CEO of the Frontier Institute, a right-leaning free-market think tank. ‘It doesn’t break down on normal partisan lines. Advocates shouldn’t silo themselves on the normal partisan lines.’”

“‘The YIMBY movement taking shape in Helena is unusual in the US: Few states with a Republican governor, much less with a GOP supermajority in the legislature, have advanced such sweeping efforts to promote new housing construction in cities. Some red states have seen the opposite happen: When Gainesville became the first city in Florida to end single-family-only zoning locally, state leaders threatened legal action, and local Democrats repealed the ordinance before it could take effect.’”

And the Governor is fully behind it!

“The YIMBY movement taking shape in Helena is unusual in the US: Few states with a Republican governor, much less with a GOP supermajority in the legislature, have advanced such sweeping efforts to promote new housing construction in cities.”

This goes hand in glove with Workforce Housing.

Workforce housing took off from the “affordable housing” legislation in the 1940s and the Housing Act of 1949. Like everything in big government, the housing legislation and regulations grew exponentially.

According to the Urban Land Institute (ULI), “Workforce Housing” is defined as housing affordable to households earning between 60 and 120 percent of area median income (AMI).

Workforce housing targets middle-income workers, which includes professions such as police officers, firefighters, teachers, health care workers, retail clerks, and the like. Households who need workforce housing may not always qualify for housing subsidized by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program or the Housing Choice Vouchers program (formerly known as Section 8), which are two major programs in place for addressing affordable housing needs.

So the idea is to keep moving up the income ladder for subsidized housing until the government owns all housing as they find more and more ways to get us out of our homes.

Yep, according to them they are planning to:

  • Create a dedicated housing trust fund
  • Repurpose vacant land and underutilized retail space
  • Adopt inclusionary zoning (see a prior CED blog post on the topic
  • Create a community land trust (see a prior CED post on the topic
  • Update land development codes to encourage development in already urbanized areas
  • Allow single-family homeowners to build and rent out accessory dwelling units

All the things that used to be verboten. This repurposing of vacant land and underutilized retail space – isn’t that, right now, private property? That someone owns and might have other plans for? And inclusionary zoning? We saw a lot of that about ten years ago. What was the project John Anthony was fighting?

And the community land trusts? Who in their right mind would buy a house on land they don’t own? “Updating land development codes to encourage development in already urbanized areas” is what has been happening recently. Squeeze in smaller dwelling units (I won’t call them houses) and remove parking spaces (to lessen mobility). And I already spoke about the “accessory dwelling units.”

These are a small sample of legislation and regulations being put into place to destroy property rights. Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders wrote a “Fifth Amendment” treatise which included the following definition of property rights:

“Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated, and ownership is rendered a barren right.”

That is one of the best definitions of property rights. And that doesn’t just mean land and housing; your clothes, animals, and your body are your property. They can all be stolen from you; only your thoughts are not able to be stolen (or are they with AI?). But the point is, our government and its public/private partnership entities are assiduously going after our every property.

We must not wait a minute longer; we must stand up and say, “NO! I am not going to let you destroy me, my family or America.” Remember, we are “of the people, for the people, by the people.”

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Kathleen Marquardt

Kathleen Marquardt has been in the freedom movement since before it was called that. She was founder and chairman of Putting People First, a non-profit organization combatting the animal rights movement. Her book, AnimalScam: the Beastly Abuse of Human Rights, was published by Regnery in 1993. In 1990, she became the emcee for the annual Wise Use Conference. She has testified before state legislatures, appeared on national television, spearheaded opposition to legislative initiatives, become involved in lawsuits, contributed to a number of books, been vilified in other books and articles, and has spoken to thousands across the country. She has written materials for distribution in schools, and her book AnimalScam was used in universities as a textbook. She was a contributing writer and researcher for Freedom Advocates, and her articles appear on numerous websites. She has been Vice President of American Policy Center since 2000.