NLIHC and 103 partner organizations sent a letter on April 10 to HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought urging HUD to suspend all non-emergency rulemaking during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter notes that, given the importance of stable and safe housing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, making changes to regulations that would result in fewer people receiving housing assistance and undermining civil rights protections would exacerbate the current public health crisis. Additionally, many stakeholders, especially service and housing providers, would likely be unable to appropriately provide much-needed feedback and input or implement new regulations when they are focused on ensuring the health and safety of tenants and people experiencing homelessness.
The letter mentions several specific regulations that would be of particular concern, including the proposal to prohibit mixed-status immigrant families from living in subsidized housing, removing protections for LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness, and changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Disparate Impact rules.
Read the letter at: https://tinyurl.com/ya7qchsp