“Proposed Rule Could Evict 55,000 Children From Subsidized Housing”

That’s the headline from a recent NPR story about the Trump Administration’s latest efforts to demonize immigrant families and punish low-income Americans.

HUD’s new plan to prohibit “mixed-status” immigrant families from living in subsidized housing makes people choose between splitting up their family, or moving everyone out to keep the family together. The proposed rule would force 25,000 families with 55,000 children to either separate or face eviction and homelessness.

This is the worst kind of public policy and it’s totally unnecessary. Current law requires housing subsidies to be reduced to prevent any ineligible family members from receiving assistance. And just because someone is an 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.

So please take a moment to add your organization’s name to this letter expressing opposition to this outrageous attack on vulnerable children and families. The deadline to comment on this proposed rule is July 9.

For more information about this issue and how you can submit your own comments to HUD, visit the #keepfamiliestogether website hosted by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Housing Law Project.

Instead of attacking struggling families of modest means, our political leaders need expand access to safe, decent, affordable housing for all.