Public Charge and Housing: Fact Sheets, Talking Points, and Webinar

The National Housing Law Project condemns the Trump Administration’s attempt to punish legal immigrants and their families for accessing critical, lifesaving benefits.

On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially published a proposed rule that would make it easier for certain immigrants to be considered a “public charge” and, therefore denied admission into the country and denied green cards because they access food, nutrition, and housing programs.

The rule would drastically change immigration policy by expanding the types of benefits that DHS would consider in a public charge determination to include benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), public housing, and Section 8 housing subsidies. Previously leaked drafts of this policy change have already led many families to drop out of critical food and nutrition programs for their children, and this chilling effect is poised to impact hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrant households that depend on these programs for survival.
This disastrous rule is not yet final, and NHLP along with over 1,500 organizations nationwide, in partnership with the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign, are encouraging you to let the Trump Administration know why we stand with immigrant families against this rule by submitting comments to
The public comment period will close December 10, 2018. NHLP will not be taking sign-on’s for our comment letter. We urge our partners and allies to submit individual comments to DHS. To support you, we will circulate a comment template and provide ongoing technical assistance.
To learn more about the rule and what you can do:
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