This letter informs HUD grant recipients operating emergency shelters and transitional housing programs that all immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible for such services. The letter references relevant laws and regulations.
Basic eligibility is described, including reporting aspects, in this excerpt from the Guide to Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs. Advocates may find this piece helpful for obtaining a basic understanding of immigrant eligibility for federal housing programs and for discussions with lawyers, public housing authority personnel and others regarding making these programs safe, accessible, and relevant for survivors and their families.
Shelter Access For Battered Immigrant Women - Chapter 7. Somewhere To Turn: Making Domestic Violence Services Accessible To Battered Immigrant Women
This chapter provides information on how legislation, guidelines and grant programs protect battered immigrant women's right to access shelter services, exempt shelters and other domestic violence service providers from INS verification and reporting guidelines, prevent discrimination against immigrants and allow federal funds to be allocated to shelters that serve battered immigrants.