On May 10, 2019, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule that would prohibit mixed status families from using federal housing benefits, including Section 8 programs and public housing. If the rule goes into effect, immigrant families could be forced out of their homes, and face homelessness and instability. This is still a proposed rule and NOTHING HAS CHANGED. The proposed rule is posted in the Federal Register and has a comment period of 60 days. The public can submit comments about the proposed rule change here. NYIC and its member organizations stand alongside immigrant families and will continue to fight the Trump administration’s brutal attacks on some of the most vulnerable communities. Here is additional information about the proposed rule:
- HUD estimates 55,000 children who are legally eligible for housing benefits would face eviction and potential homelessness. Immigrants in mixed status families can currently receive prorated federal housing benefits, but the proposed rule would require all members of a household to have an eligible immigration status or citizenship in order to live in public housing or receive housing vouchers. Families that include people without eligible statuses will be evicted.
- The HUD rule proposal is seperate from the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed “public charge” rule changes. For more information about the proposed DHS rule public charge changes, go here.
- The deadline to submit public comments is July 10, 2019. Submit your comment through through the Keep Families Together portal here or directly through the Federal Register here.
- For additional information about the proposed HUD rule, check out the Keep Families Together website.