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April 16, 2014: NHLP on SocialWorkDegree.Net's List of Indispensable Fair Housing Resources
NHLP is featured in this comprehensive new collection of online resources for fighting housing discrimination. Aimed at social workers, the list does an excellent job of amassing informative sites that address housing issues from many angles.
March Bulletin Examines the President's FY 2015 Budget Request, RD VAWA 2013 Notice
The March 2014 issue of the Housing Law Bulletin features two articles focusing on the Obama Administration's FY 2015 budget request and its implications for federal affordable housing programs. The first article outlines the funding amounts requested for various HUD programs, while the second assesses the potential impact of the budget request on USDA Rural Housing Service programs. The Bulletin also examines Rural Development's recently-issued notice regarding VAWA 2013 implementation. This month's Questions Corner addresses the topic of bed bugs, and outlines what advocates should consider when a client faces this increasingly common issue. The Bulletin also includes summaries of recent cases, notices, and regulations.
March 13, 2014: Lowest Income Seniors and Disabled Households Will be Affected By RD Minimum Rent Requirement
The President’s 2015 Budget seeks to impose a $50 per month minimum rent on tenants living in USDA Rural Development (RD) financed Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and Section 514 and 516 Farm Labor Housing. This will only impact extremely low-income households with adjusted annual incomes of less than $2,000. These are the absolute poorest households residing in RD housing. They typically do not have a regular source of income. Read more.
March 6, 2014: NHLP Joins 80 Organizations In Asking Government to Address Investor Cash Flooding into Neighborhoods
NHLP has signed on to a letter drafted by Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) and California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) asking federal regulators to address the trend of “Real Estate Owned” (REO) properties. Wall Street investment companies and large cash investors are purchasing single-family homes, oftentimes in economically distressed neighborhoods, outbidding first-time homebuyers who cannot put up the same sums of cash, and displacing tenants. Read more.
February 25, 2014: NHLP joins Amicus Brief Defending Disparate Impact Regulation
On February 10, NHLP joined five other civil rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in American Insurance Ass'n v. U.S. Dep't of Hous. and Urban Dev. Plaintiffs in this action challenge the validity of HUD's Disparate Impact Regulation, which was issued in early 2013. Amici filed in support of HUD's motion for summary judgment. Read more.
February Bulletin Provides In-Depth Coverage of FY 2014 Appropriations, Anti-Immigration Housing Ordinances
The February issue of the Housing Law Bulletin includes two articles examining the impact of the FY 2014 appropriations on federal affordable housing program funding. The first article focuses on HUD programs, while the second summarizes FY 2014 funding for Rural Housing Service programs. Additionally, this month's Bulletin features an extensive overview of three federal circuit court opinions concerning anti-immigrant rental housing ordinances. The issue also contains summaries of recent cases, notices, and regulations.