San Francisco's affordable housing ordinance, meant to prevent displacement of low-income families, has been struck down by federal authorities.

A San Francisco ordinance which sets 40% of units in affordable housing projects aside for residents of the district where they are being built has been blocked by federal housing authorities.

The ordinance, which was approved by nine to two in December, was meant to offset the displacement of low-income and minority residents, according to city officials and residents. The city’s plan to offer apartments specifically to seniors in the area’s black community at the new Willie B. Kennedy senior housing development is no longer possible.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified city officials that the plan could violate anti-segregation and anti-discrimination laws. Opposition argues that the ordinance would not benefit residents in neighborhoods with less new affordable housing.

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