Public Charge Safe to Use List
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (May 24, 2021)
This handout lists some of the most common public benefits programs that do not count for public charge and are safe to use, regardless of one’s immigration status.
This webpage houses a number of resources (e.g., fact sheets, webinars, research, etc.) related to the finalization of the DHS public charge rule and its impact on immigrant families and children.View Webpage
This toolkit provides an overview of financial ineligibility for public benefits, ineligibility for federal public benefits based on immigration status, and eligibility for section 8 housing choice voucher program, section 8 housing project-based rental assistance, or public housing.
MPI researchers document the decline in utilization of public-benefit programs, including TANF, SNAP (food stamps), and Medicaid by non-citizens and their U.S.-born children during the Trump administration.
This toolkit, developed in partnership with the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) state policy subcommittee, is geared toward immigration attorneys seeking to counsel clients who may be concerned about the impact their participation in affordable housing programs will have on their applications for permanent residency.
This resource reviews all updates to public charge rule in recent months.Read More
Attorneys from various legal agencies sought a preliminary injunction with a federal district court to the “public charge” ruling that prevents immigrant families in need from accessing public benefits. “Public charge” rules grossly affect immigrant families from seeking health care, food, and housing assistance during the pandemic. Lawyers argue the policy is discriminatory and unconstitutional.Read More
This fact sheet provides background and information about changes to the public charge rule, the factors that weigh negatively and positively in a public charge determination, and their implications for immigrant families and their children.View Fact Sheet