The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Statement on Proposed HUD Rule

On May 10, 2019, Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule that would change their current policy and prohibit mixed immigration status families (even those who are of legal status with documentation) from living in public and other subsidized housing. The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (the Clinic) opposes the proposed HUD rule.

As a nation, we must not turn our back on those in need of fair housing, especially children and those seeking to unite with their families who are legally living in our country. We concur with the findings that it would force more than 25,000 mixed status families in public housing and Section 8 programs to separate or face eviction. Over 108,000 individuals may be affected by this rule, 70% of them lawful residents/citizens, and 55,000 of them are United States citizen (USC) children. This proposed rule could be devastating and flies in the face of the intention of HUD, increases costs to the agency and ultimately the public. This is an attack on our immigrant families and would exacerbate the housing crisis facing our nation.

We encourage the public to join the Clinic in opposing the proposed HUD rule. Public comment is open until July 9. Electronic submission of comments may be made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Commenters should follow instructions provided on the site.