Statement On Proposed HUD Rule To Restrict Access To Immigrants In Public Housing

Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, issued the following statement today responding to the publishing of a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed rule to restrict access to public housing for undocumented immigrants and their families:

“Many of our clients, including those in low-income, mixed immigration status families, depend on public housing, Section 8 programs, and other Federally-funded housing programs. This cruel and inhumane rule will put entire families, including US citizen children, out on the street, and will exacerbate the housing and homelessness crisis in New York and across the country.

HUD’s purported concern for reducing housing waiting lists – the Agency’s basis for this new proposal – is really a thinly-veiled attempt to further marginalize non-citizens, break-up families, and advance the Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.

We will continue to fight for our clients and all vulnerable immigrants to help ensure that no one is stripped of their fundamental right to housing."