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HUD Proposes No Housing for Undocumented

On May 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule change which, if approved, would restrict the ability of “ineligible” immigrants, including those who are undocumented, to reside in federally-assisted public housing and housing-choice voucher assisted housing. LAHSA strongly opposes this proposed change, which would send thousands more Angeleno households to the brink of homelessness.

At present, ineligible immigrants are able to reside in federally-assisted housing (including public housing and voucher-supported units) as long as they are part of a “mixed-status” family, meaning at least one member of the household has an eligible immigration or citizenship status. In these cases, subsidies are pro-rated based on the number of eligible members in the household. HUD’s proposed rule change, however, would require that all residents and leaseholders of federally-assisted public housing or voucher-supported units be verified as eligible. As a result, this proposed rule change has the potential to severely impact thousands of mixed-status families, forcing them to choose between separating or staying together and facing eviction.

The proposed rule, if enacted, could impact around 11,000 individuals receiving benefits through the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) as part of a mixed-status household. The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) also estimates that just under 500 mixed-status households would be impacted as well. Additionally, by removing ineligible immigrants and thus eliminating “pro-rated” subsidies, HUD would need to increase national spending between $193 to $227 million annually to maintain assistance to the same number of individuals.

Comment (1)

  1. Miller Brody

    It boggles my mind why so-called liberals are perfectly fine with subsidized housing going to illegal immigrants when we have thousands of homeless American citizens sleeping on our sidewalks every night. The million illegal immigrants we have in L.A. is the obvious reason why we have a housing shortage. And that shortage is why everybody here is either being being price gouged by their landlords or ending up homeless. And yes I get that these are all children who were born here. But their parents weren’t. They’re illegal immigrants and their American born children is how they’re getting away with gaming the system. And its not just subsidized housing they’re getting either. They’re all getting food stamps, a free public school education for their kids, and now thanks to Gavin Newsom they’re getting free medical care too. Wake up and smell the coffee people. And if you can’t you do that then at the very least you should stop smearing all of the Americans who are ending up homeless because of your liberaL love affair with people who are in this country illegally.

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