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Letter

Ilhan Omar

From the office of:

Ilhan Omar


Sending Office: Honorable Adriano Espaillat
Sent By:
Shahryar.Baig@mail.house.gov

Co-Sponsor H.R. 3024, The Families Under One Roof Act

Dear Colleague:

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) unveiled a proposal that would harm families residing in public and federally-subsidized housing. Specifically, the proposal would disenfranchise families
whose members have varying immigration statuses and receive housing assistance. This proposed change to Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980 will be especially destructive to currently eligible low-income families in my district
and around the country.

In its own estimation, HUD anticipates that 25,000 mixed-status families will be impacted if this proposed rule is implemented, and a disproportionate impact will be felt by 9,250 families in California, 5,750 families in Texas,
and 3,000 families in New York.[1] Given that three-quarters of mixed-status families eligible for HUD support include at least one child, the result would be an extension of the Trump Administration’s family separation
policy applied to rural and metropolitan centers in the interior of the United States. This isn’t hyperbole because, as HUD said themselves, “HUD expects that fear of the family being separated would lead to prompt evacuation by most mixed households, whether
that fear is justified.”[2]

To all rational observers, HUD’s anticipated outcome is in direct contravention of its mission and would actually
increase costs to the agency. Their own assessment states that, “the likeliest scenario would be that HUD would have to reduce the quantity and quality of assisted housing in response to higher costs.”[3]
Not only would it displace and potentially leave families homeless, but according to HUD, “…for public housing, this would have an impact on the quality of service, e.g., maintenance of the units and possibly deterioration of the units that could lead to vacancy.”[4]
The motivation behind this proposed action is prejudicial and destructive towards immigrant and low-income families.

The Families Under One Roof Act will allow any eligible member of a mixed-status family – not only the head of household or spouse – to qualify the family for prorated federal housing assistance. This will allow for mixed
status families including those with children who are U.S. citizens to remain eligible for certain housing assistance and prevent the breakup of families.

I invite you to join me in countering yet another baseless attack on immigrant and low-income families by cosponsoring the
Families Under One Roof Act. By amending the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980, we can ensure security and continuity for families across the nation. To join, please contact Shahryar Baig (Shahryar.Baig@mail.house.gov)
in my office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Adriano Espaillat

Member of Congress

 


[1] Regulatory Impact Analysis, Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status

Proposed Rule. Docket No: FR-6124-P-01.

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Finance, Government, Immigration

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