When: Wednesday, June 26, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Where: Drake's Dealership, 2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Join people across the county on June 26th to speak out for health, housing, and immigrant rights! Your voice matters--we need everyone to write comments about the proposed HUD rule. Communities across the country are hosting letter writing parties on June 26th and we will be having one in Oakland. Come out, bring a charged laptop if you have one (but we will have a few set up if you don't), and bring some friends! We will have some helpful talking points for your comments. Each individual comment really matters and we have until July 9th to send them in!
If you can't make it, visit here https://www.keep-families-together.org/ to tailor and submit a comment by July 9!
As part of this administration's racist, xenophobic rhetoric and policy proposals, on May 10, 2019, HUD published a proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” immigrant families from living in public and other subsidized housing. Mixed-status families contain both members who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status. As a result of this proposal, 25,000 families, including 55,000 children, will be forced to either separate or face eviction and an increased risk of homelessness. As public health workers, we know that stable housing is a fundamental building block for family and community health and that ripping families away from stable housing, or tearing families apart has severe and deadly public health outcomes for families and for our society. We cannot have healthy, thriving communities when we are ripping away the very foundations of health for some of our community members.
The deadline to comment on this proposed rule is July 9.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Housing Law Project are encouraging everyone to host commenting parties on the June 26 Day of Action to Keep Families Together. HUD must respond to each comment, so we hope to generate as many unique comments from individuals and organizations as possible, slowing down the implementation of the rule and giving us more time for the litigation and legislative strategies.
On the day of the event, it will also be helpful to take pictures and post them on social media using the tag #KeepFamiliesTogether. Tag @NLIHC and @NHLP!
You can also look up your member of Congress to see if they have publicly opposed the HUD mixed-status rule. If you do not see your member, please contact them and urge them to voice their opposition to this proposal. https://www.keep-families-together.org/congres