Housing: HUD Proposes Ban on Housing Assistance for Mixed Status Families

On May 10, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that would prohibit “mixed status” immigrant families from living in public housing and Section 8 units. “Mixed status” families are families in which some members are ineligible for housing assistance based on immigration status. The rule would result in family separations and could lead to evictions of thousands of people, including children, who face an increased risk of homelessness. The Arc is working with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to submit comments on the proposed rule by the July 9 deadline. For more information, see www.keep-families-together.org.

HUD Issues Notice on Housing Choice Voucher Family Moves

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released Notice PIH 2012-42, on “Housing Choice Voucher Family Moves with Continued Assistance.” The notice covers the administrative roles and responsibilities of the “initial” (the initial PHA) and “receiving” (the PHA with jurisdiction over the area to which the family moves) Public Housing Authority (PHA) when a family using a housing choice voucher (also known as a Section 8 voucher) wishes to move from an area in one PHA’s jurisdiction to an area in a different PHA’s jurisdiction. The notice includes language on reasonable accommodations for families that include people with disabilities seeking to move from one area to another.