CLPHA Responds to HUD Proposal to Disallow Undocumented Immigrants from HUD-Assisted Housing

Date Published: 
April 22nd, 2019

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2019) - On April 17, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a proposed rule for Congressional review to disallow undocumented immigrants from living in federally subsidized housing. The notice is not yet publicly available but will eventually be posted in the Federal Register for a public comment period.

In response to reports of HUD’s proposed rule, Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, issued the following statement:

“On its face, this proposal is very problematic. Like the public charge rule, it is an unwarranted attack on low-income immigrant families who are welcome members of the communities served by public housing authorities.

“This rule is another attempt to gut the very core of public housing’s mission to provide housing that is safe, stable, and affordable to our country’s most vulnerable populations.  

“CLPHA is engaging our membership to understand how this rule would directly impact their communities and will be submitting public comments in opposition to the proposed rule during the comment period. “

About the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. CLPHA’s 70 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country. Together they manage 40 percent of the nation’s public housing program; administer more than a quarter of the Housing Choice Voucher program; and operate a wide array of other housing programs. Learn more at and on Twitter @CLPHA and follow @housing_is for news on CLPHA’s work to better insect the housing field and other areas of critical importance such as health and education.


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