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Public comments still being accepted on Trump proposal that would leave 55,000 citizens without a home

On May 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a proposed rule affecting “mixed-status families” in public housing.

“Mixed-status families” are those with members eligible for public assistance and ineligible based on their immigration status. The current rule states that these families are permitted to live in public housing, but the ineligible family members would have to “pay their own way,” out-of-pocket, and would not receive personal federal assistance.

Crucially, not every immigrant who is ineligible for public housing is necessarily undocumented. Immigrants can have legal status and still be ineligible for public housing.

As we reported earlier, the new HUD rule states that every member of a family would have to be eligible in order to live in public housing.

According to data from HUD, an estimated 25,000 families would be forced to make the choice between breaking up their family and becoming homeless. It is estimated that 55,000 U.S. citizen children around the country would lose their subsidized housing as a result of this rule.

The rule would also require residents under 62 years of age to have their immigration status verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements or SAVE Program. Families with members judged to be ineligible through this program would be evicted from their housing within 18 months.

The proposed rule is not yet in effect. It is open for public comment until tomorrow, July 9. HUD is accepting comments here.

2 Comments


  1. Mary Stone

    July 9, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Are we trying to make it even more difficult for families that are struggling to make a life. Children need our help, not a boot into the streets!

  2. Robin E H Savoie

    July 9, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Who is proposing to create more homeless families? Oh, Trump. Well, he has to pay for his tax break that give billions to the extremely wealthy. He’s more popular with the established elites than ever before in his life; however, they still aren’t going to accept him…EVER!

    I’m a former Marine and at 54 years old I make $20K a year on Social Security Disability. My 2001 automobile has 190K miles on it, no air conditioner, and her check engine light has been on for five years. When I took her in for a new key; the dealer gave me a list of codes that came out of my car. When she goes to ‘auto heaven’, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to afford another one. I’ve been driving her without a throttle sensor; which is dangerous. An oxygen sensor’s been out for about four years and it affects the mileage I get. Temperatures have been in the 90’s, here in North Carolina, so for all you former Marines, it’s ‘BLACK FLAG’ conditions outside and inside my car.
    No wonder mental health in America is at an all time low. When a person, like myself, sees the opulent lifestyles people are living in certain areas of America, compared to where I can afford to live, it’s disheartening. I am all for capitalism, but for the ‘Love of God’, I don’t understand how the republican party can sleep at night after giving wealthy people more money than they could ever spend in a lifetime. Continuing to increase taxes on us ‘little people.
    Then the ‘middle class’ has the burden of paying to keep America running.

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