The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed regulation would prohibit “mixed status families” from living in public and other subsidized housing. Mixed status families are households that include members who are eligible and others who are ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigrant status. Currently, HUD allows families to live together in subsidized housing even if one family member is ineligible so long as the housing subsidy is prorated to exclude the ineligible person from the assistance.

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) introduced H.R. 2763, language to block the administration’s public housing rule change on undocumented immigrants in affordable housing, which would threaten the housing tenure of 55,000 children who are citizens or legal residents. She was joined by Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Chuy Garcia (D-IL). There is also an effort to include appropriations language to block the action.

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