Trump Investigates Ban on Christmas Decorations at Senior Housing Development

Grandview Estates, a HUD-subsidized residential complex in Independence, Missouri, banned residents in a senior citizen’s housing development from displaying Christmas decorations. MACO Management, a management company in partnership with Housing and Urban Development, prohibited residents from decorating their duplexes with outside Christmas decorations, including lights and yard decorations.

It turns out that kind of draconian rule-making doesn’t have a fan in Trump’s administration. HUD is run by Dr. Ben Carson, a devout Seventh Day Adventist who first made waves after stirring words at a 2013 prayer breakfast attended by Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Carson later ran for president in 2016 and now serves the Trump Administration in his role at HUD.

According to the Liberty Counsel, “Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the MACO Management Company on behalf of residents at Grandview Estates, a HUD-subsidized residential complex. MACO Management has prohibited residents from decorating their duplexes with outside Christmas decorations, including lights and yard decorations. Nothing in the lease agreement or regulations supports such a ban and residents have previously displayed Christmas lights and yard decorations for many years.”

MACO originally banned Christmas light and decorations citing “Government’s Fair Housing rules. Everyone in the complex is funded in part by Government funds, so we are required to follow their rules.”  However, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has no such rule.

The yard decoration ban, according to arguments presented, violates the Fair Housing Act. MACO is forbidden by the Act from discriminating against residents at this facility on the basis of religion, or from requiring Christmas decorations deemed “religious” to be less visible than those deemed “secular.”


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