caj36 wrote:If anyone can point me to policy one way or the other, I would appreciate it.
Your stake president will not find a written policy, other than the general guidelines that bishops use to care for the worthy poor. If he will counsel with the chairman of his coordinating council, an area seventy, and his contact in the Presidency of the Seventy, he will be given guidance that will help him teach the bishops what the Church position is on this subject and how to handle this type of situation.
He will want to seek his counsel from his priesthood leaders, and not from the members who are not aware of Church policies and legal ramifications of providing assistance to those who have entered the country without permission. While immigration status usually is considered a civil matter and not a criminal matter as far as the Church is concerned, your stake president will still want to be aware of the guidance that will be provided from his area and general authorities. The Church is very aware of the practical, political, and legalities of this issue and will provide your stake president with this information.
And he then will be able to provide most of that guidance to the bishops who administer sacred welfare funds in your stake.
caj36 wrote:Specifically, the use of Fast Offering funds to pay for housing.
From my own personal experience as a bishop, I always tried to provide enough food and assistance from the storehouse so that a member was able to pay the utilities and housing. And when appropriate, I would also provide utility assistance before I provided housing assistance. With some careful guidance from the bishop, he will rarely need to provide temporary housing costs while the member looks for a location that is within budget.
Now that is just my own personal experience. On occasion, the Spirit dictated otherwise. And ultimately, only the bishop, within the inspiration, guidelines, and instruction he has received from his stake president, will be able to make the proper determination as to how fast offering assistance should or should not be provided to bless the members of his ward.