Global Policy Seminar Jan 26--HHH Prof. Ryan Allen on Public Housing Access for Immigrants

1.26.16 ~ 12:45-2p ~ Humphrey 170 (Stassen Room)

The Historical and Contemporary Access to Public Housing by Immigrants in the U.S.

Presented by: Professor Ryan Allen, Humphrey School

By 1996 most federal welfare benefits in the U.S. became unavailable for immigrants in the country without authorization and, absent legislative action by state governments, most permanent legal residents faced significant waiting periods before they could access most federal means-tested benefits. An important exception to the growing restrictions for accessing benefits experienced by immigrants in the U.S. over time is federally subsidized housing. From the beginning of the federal public housing program in the U.S. in 1937 through the most recent series of eligibility reforms in 1996, federal housing assistance legislation has either been silent or demonstrably more generous for immigrant access to federally-subsidized housing than other kinds of federally provided benefits. Using a content review of major pieces of legislation related to federally subsidized housing and an analysis of foreign-born penetration into federally subsidized housing programs over time in the U.S., this research explores the factors that help to explain the relatively consistent access for immigrants to federally subsidized housing in the U.S. during a time period where immigrant access to other forms of federal welfare benefits became more restrictive. Findings from this research paint a decidedly different policy picture for housing than the restrictive rhetoric around immigrant access to welfare benefits would suggest.

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