ACLU Files Public Comment Opposing HUD's Proposed Rule on "Mixed-Status" Families in Public Housing and Section 8 Programs
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a public comment strongly opposing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule change that will ban "mixed-status" families from living in public housing or Section 8 programs if at least one household member is undocumented or otherwise ineligible for housing benefits due to their immigration status. HUD's proposed rule will also require over 9 million U.S. citizens and 120,000 elderly immigrants currently receiving assistance to produce proof of citizenship or immigration status. This rule will effectively evict tens of thousands of immigrant families in need of assistance, exacerbating a homelessness crisis and stoking fear among immigrant communities. Moreover, the proposed rule's documentation requirement will jeopardize housing for those who face significant barriers to obtaining such documents.