As a seemingly nonstop flurry of federal rule changes are proposed by the Trump administration, we are thankful for small successes and call for continued action to protect our neighbors.

We were excited to hear last week that in a multi-state battle against Public Charge, a federal judge in Spokane issued a nation-wide injunction to block this policy from taking effect on October 15 while the cases continue. Thank you to all who commented on and spread the word about this unjust policy that targets the well-being of immigrant families. Other rule changes are still accepting comments – take action today to stop these policies from becoming law:

  • Fair Housing Act (Comments due October 18) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule change that would weaken the disparate impact protection of the Fair Housing Act. This rule was created to prevent segregation in housing by requiring communities and local governments receiving federal funding to submit fair housing assessments to ensure that they were actively working against discriminatory policies. For more information, see the article by NPR. Comments must be submitted by Friday, October 18 – you may do so through regulations.gov or by using templates from Catholic Community Services. Don’t forget that each comment must be unique, so edit the templates to suit your own words.
  • SNAP and utility allowances (Comments due December 2) This is the third time the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has faced rule changes to limit enrollment. This proposed change will set a federal standard for utility deductions allowed in the calculation of SNAP benefits. This means that local costs of living will not be taken into consideration in awarding SNAP benefits, and an estimated 19% of households will see a reduction in their SNAP benefits. See the article in The New Food Economy for more information. Submit your comment by December 2 at regulations.gov.