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Association Comments on Proposed Federal Housing Eligibility Change

In a July 9 letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern that changes to federal housing assistance eligibility requirements could increase housing instability and worsen health outcomes.

The letter was sent in response to a HUD proposed rule that would affect mixed–immigration status families receiving federal housing assistance. Under current regulations, families with mixed immigration status can receive federal housing assistance through Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980, prorated to the number of family members with verified eligible immigration status. As proposed, the new HUD rule would prohibit long-term prorated housing assistance for mixed-status households with individuals who lack verified status. As a result, only households in which each member is of verified eligible status would be able to receive assistance.

America’s Essential Hospitals urged HUD not to:

  • finalize changes to eligibility requirements for federal housing programs that will decrease access to housing and ultimately worsen health outcomes; and
  • implement changes that will exacerbate challenges for vulnerable populations.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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