Families With Noncitizens Could Lose Federal Housing Benefits if HUD Proposal Moves Forward
2019-07-10 | Austin Monitor
Tuesday is the last day for public comment on a proposal that could evict or even separate thousands of families with mixed-citizenship status who receive housing assistance in
Since 1980, the
The department estimates the financial impact to be anywhere from
Nationally, the rule change would affect 25,000 families, or roughly 100,000 people, according to HUD. As many as 6,000 households in
"You're putting families in a choice of either splitting up the family so that those that have legal status can stay," Roth said, "or moving the entire family, which disrupts kids, disrupts schools, disrupts health care, disrupts employment."
Of those 130 households, HACA estimates 41 are in its housing choice voucher program and 89 are in its public housing and rental-assistance programs.
"At a time when the housing crisis continues to worsen, it is truly appalling to have the HUD secretary use his authority to propose increasing homelessness and to increase it among some of our country's most vulnerable people," Yentel said. "The cruelty of this proposal is breathtaking, and the harm that it would inflict on children, families and communities is severe."
A NLIHC study earlier this year found a 7.2 million shortage of affordable homes 600,000 of them in
"In our community and our city, where affordable housing is extremely difficult to come by, it runs the risk of having families being homeless," he said.
HUD said it is following its existing policy of providing benefits only to eligible
So far, the proposed rule has received more than 3,000 comments on the
It's unclear how long HUD would take to roll out the policy, but Yentel said she could see it coming as soon as the end of the year.
"I do think that, because the impetus for this proposal seems to be coming from the
The rule change does have opposition in
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