Take Action to Keep Families Together in Public Housing

Overview (adapted from https://www.keep-families-together.org/about)

·         On May 10, 2019, HUD published a proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status" families from living in public/subsidized housing. Mixed-status families are households that include both members who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status. Importantly, just because a household member is an “ineligible” immigrant, it doesn’t mean that they are undocumented. Immigrants can have legal status and still not be eligible for public housing and Section 8 programs.

·         Currently, families can live together in federally subsidized housing even if one family member is ineligible. Ineligible people are allowed to decline to provide information about their immigration status so long as the housing subsidy is decreased to exclude the ineligible person.

·         The rule would require all residents under the age of 62 to have their immigration status screened against a DHS database. Families with members who are deemed “ineligible” will be evicted from subsidized housing after 18 months or sooner. More than 55,000 children face eviction under the proposed rule.

What You Can Do

·         Individuals and organizations can respond to the proposed rule by submitting comments by July 9, 2019.

·         Individuals are encouraged to submit comments on their own online: https://www.keep-families-together.org/comment (microsite hosted by National Housing Law Project and National Low Income Housing Coalition

·         For a step by step guide to submitting comments, please refer to the attached “Guide on Submitting Public Comments on HUD Proposal June 2019.” This guide for submitting comments is similar to how comments were written and submitted last year for the ‘public charge’ proposed rule.    

·         Submitting comments is a way that parishes/diocese could advocate against this proposed legislation.