Local Public Housing Agencies Resist HUD's Proposed Section 8 Rule

A proposed rule to disqualify all families living with an undocumented person from receiving federal housing aid is available for comment. We know a few people who oppose the rule.

June 3, 2019, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Recent cost-cutting measures proposed by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson have not proven popular at the local level.

"The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a rule this month in the Federal Register that would disqualify families from living in public housing or receiving Section 8 housing vouchers if they have an undocumented person living with them," report Mattie Quinn.

"The Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), whose members would be charged with enforcing the HUD rule, are against it," according to Quinn. Tim Kaiser, executive director of PHADA, is on the record in the article saying the proposed rule even caught career employees of HUD by surprise.

Members of the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), also aren't fans of the proposed rule, raking Secretary Carson over the coals at a recent congressional hearing on the subject.

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