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No Housing Support for Mixed Status Families? How Philanthropy Can Respond to Proposed HUD Rule

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 -
10:30am to 11:30am PDT
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No one should be denied support because of their loved ones’ immigration status. Yet a newly introduced regulation from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would force U.S. citizen children and their families out of public housing if any member lacked legal status.
Current law already prorates housing subsidies for “mixed-status” families so that ineligible immigrants do not receive federal housing subsides, but this radical new change would block all such families from public housing, forcing some to choose between housing or keeping their family together. In fact, a recent HUD analysis shows that more then 55,000 children could be affected and be at risk of experiencing homelessness under this proposed rule.
This shift, along with recent proposals to radically rewrite the “public charge” rule, is part of a series of policies that have targeted immigrants, especially those with limited means. The comment period on this regulation has already begun and philanthropy’s role in opposing this rule is crucial.Join this webinar to learn more about this proposed change, how community-based leaders are responding, and how philanthropy can leverage its voice through comments on the regulation and grantmaking as part of the campaign against this harmful proposal.


Karlo Ng, Supervising Attorney, National Housing Law Project 

Karlo focuses on housing issues impacting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, immigrants, and other fair housing and civil rights matters. She joined NHLP as the organization’s first David B. Bryson Fellow in 2011 and served as the lead editor and managing attorney of the 4th edition of NHLP’s seminal publication, HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights. Before joining NHLP, Karlo was the George N. Lindsay Fellow and an associate counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., and clerked for Magistrate Judge Adriana Arce-Flores at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Laredo. Karlo received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.


Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications, Funders Together to End Homelessness

Lauren is responsible for all communications, grantwriting, and outreach/advocacy efforts for Funders Together. She has gained experience in both the not-for-profit and private sectors focusing mainly on public relations, social media, and community outreach. Previously, she held the position of Communications Leader for a not-for-profit healthcare organization focused on payment reform and price and quality transparency. Lauren is passionate about advocating and using influence to bring about awareness and social change around infertility and family planning. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Eastern Illinois University.

While she lives in North Carolina, Lauren is a native Midwesterner from Illinois and stays true to her roots by keeping up with her Chicago sports teams. She loves to run and enjoy the beach with her family and pup.


Aryah Somers Landsberger, Vice President of Programs, GCIR

Aryah Somers Landsberger (she/her/hers) has more than 12 years of experience with immigrant and refugee issues. She joined GCIR in February 2016. She earlier served as director of advocacy at KIND championing administrative and legislative protections for unaccompanied children. While a consultant, she co-authored UNHCR’s “Children on the Run” report on the root causes of migration of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico to the U.S. As a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala, she researched safe repatriation and reintegration of children removed from the U.S. to Guatemala.

Aryah has also represented hundreds of children in immigration removal proceedings as a children’s attorney in New York at The Door and in Arizona at the Florence Project. Internationally, she worked in Egypt and Ecuador advocating for refugee children. She has published law journal articles, practice advisories, white papers, statements, and talking points. Aryah earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. Aryah loves spending time with her family, outdoor walks, and trying out all kinds of amazing cuisine.







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