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HUD Secretary Ben Carson May End Housing Assistance For Families With Mixed-Immigration Status

Ben Carson
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ben Carson.

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made a new rule: A person couldn’t get housing assistance unless they had citizenship, or at least eligible immigration status.

But last week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson proposed in a tweet another rule that would mean families with mixed-immigration status would no longer receive housing assistance and would be ejected from the system.

Carson’s Tweet said, in part, “we are putting America's most vulnerable first. Our nation faces affordable housing challenges and hundreds of thousands of citizens are waiting for many years on waitlists to get housing assistance.”

Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, doesn’t agree this policy would reduce the country’s affordable housing backlog. In fact, Yentel thinks it would only increase homelessness. 

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