Earlier in May, the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD), opened a notice of proposed rulemaking
that would prohibit mixed-immigration
status families from living in federal affordable housing programs. The
proposal is now open for public comments through July 9th, and many ecumenical,
interfaith and secular partners are taking action.
Mixed-status households are ones
that include family members who are both eligible and ineligible for housing
assistance based on their immigration status. Traditionally, under HUD’s
standard rules, eligible mixed-status families receive housing subsidies
distributed specifically so that ineligible family members do not
receive assistance and eligible members do.
internal cost estimations, over 70% of
the those affected by the proposed rule would be people otherwise eligible for
assistance, the large majority being children. If the proposed change is
enacted, roughly 25,000 affected families and 55,000 children currently living with housing
assistance could face an impossible choice between being evicted from their
homes or being separated from their families. In some cases, eligible
family members who lose assistance could be at risk of homelessness. This, coupled with the cost of increased administration enforcement, could mean that
the net effect of the rule will leave less money for assistance given to other
families. (*Read more about the
costs of the proposed rule here).
People of faith, understanding the importance of stable
housing as a fundamental building block for family health, can carry
a unique voice in this conversation. Lutheran
social teaching on immigration promotes protection of the most
vulnerable, the welfare of the family, and the dignified treatment of
immigrants. HUD’s proposed rule on mixed status
families threatens to punish citizens and eligible noncitizens alike for having
an immigrant family member.
Share a unique,
customized public comment with the Department of Housing and Urban Development below to oppose the
proposed rule. Share why you, your community and congregation care
about maintaining the integrity and moral aims of our supportive housing
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Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]