So let me break this down for you:
Let's say you are a homeless kid. Good news! There are programs to help you get a place to live.
Let's say you are a homeless kid that wants to go to college. No more housing help for you! The IRS says you are no longer eligible for housing made for homeless people.
The details are these:
There's something called the "student rule".
It was put in place so that Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)-funded housing could not be used to build dorms for students.
It's fine by itself.
But homeless kids that want to go to college get caught up in it.
If they want to keep their Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)-funded housing they can't go to college.
Here is your good deed for the day:
Please sign this petition started by Huckleberry House, a homeless youth shelter. It is a petition to urge Congress to alter the IRS loophole so that LIHTC-funded housing can be made available to homeless students.
Think about going to college and being homeless.
As of 2015 there were 58,000 homeless college students. And that number is on the rise.
All this petition is about is modifying a law so that homeless kids can keep the housing they have and still go to college.
It's just common sense.
This law is keeping the weakest of us down and encouraging people to not get educated.