NAHB Raises Concerns on DHS “Public Charge” Rulemaking

Filed in Codes and Standards by on December 11, 2018 0 Comments

regulationsIn comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NAHB expressed concerns that changes to a proposed “public charge” rule that would redefine whether an immigrant is likely to “become a public charge” could have unintended consequences for the housing industry.

For example, the proposed changes to the public charge rule would result in more visa denials and an overall decline in legal immigration.

NAHB is concerned that a decrease in legal immigration would reduce the pool of legal immigrant labor in the construction industry at a time when there is a severe labor shortage, which in turn is raising costs and hurting housing affordability.

NAHB is also concerned that the proposed public charge rule could also impact Section 8 housing programs and the NAHB members who work within these programs.

The exact impacts are unclear because DHS has failed to adequately define the breadth of the rule and analyze the economic impacts, and has also failed to consult with agencies like HUD to learn more about programs like Section 8 housing.

In submitting comments, NAHB recommended that DHS remove Section 8 from its public charge considerations, and properly conduct economic analysis so that the impacts to domestic industries like home building, which is experiencing very tight labor market conditions, can be better understood.

For more information, contact Amy Chai at 800-368-5242 x8232.

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