On Friday, October 11, federal courts issued a ruling granting a preliminary injunction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge Rule change. This means that the implementation of the new public charge rule will be suspended for the time being while the multiple legal challenges over this rule change continue to play out in the courts. The rule was initially set to go into effect on Tuesday, October 15.
For the time being, public charge rules remain as they are, and benefit-seekers may continue to access CalFresh, Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers, and other benefits without concern over how it may impact their future immigration status. We urge you to work with your clients, neighbors, and communities to ensure they remain enrolled in these benefits and do not drop out of these key supports which prevent malnutrition and housing instability, among other things.
For more information, we encourage you to review the following resources:
California Department of Social Services’ Public Charge Contact List of organizations that can provide legal consultation and/or education and outreach on public charge can be found here
A list of Immigration Legal Services in Los Angeles County can be found here
Los Angeles County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs website can be found here
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to LAHSA's Legislative Analyst Samantha Vethavanam by email.