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December 4, 2013: This American Life Episode Highlights Both The History and Current Reality of the Fair Housing Act
On November 22nd, National Public Radio's This American Life covered fair housing in an episode titled "House Rules". The program features a collection of personal stories that give a thoughtful look at how the Fair Housing Act was implemented when it first passed, how the testing program is functioning now in New York City, as well as some highlights on how where we live affects quality of life. The full episode is available online here, and makes for a great hour of listening, whatever your level of housing expertise.
November-December Housing Law Bulletin Discusses 2013 HJN Meeting, Advocacy for Clients Experiencing Hoarding Issues
The November-December issue of the Housing Law Bulletin features highlights from the 2013 HJN Training and Meeting; the text of the inspiring HJN keynote address by the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson; an overview of case law on the question of whether shelters are "dwellings" under the Fair Housing Act; a summary of a 2012 study finding that African-American women face higher eviction rates in Milwaukee; and a Questions Corner discussing obtaining reasonable accommodations for clients experiencing hoarding issues. The issue also includes summaries of recent cases, notices, and regulations.
November 27, 2013: RD Enjoined From Foreclosing on Rural Rental Housing Development
Rural Development (RD), operating as a receiver, has been managing Jandina Park Apartment, a 36 unit Section 515 rural rental housing development in McMinnville, Oregon for over 16 years. Twenty four of the households in the development are extremely low-income and are receiving RD Rental Assistance. In April 2013, RD advised the residents that it planned to foreclose on the property on September 5, 2013 because it had concluded that Jandina was no longer suitable for retention in the Section 515 program. Read more.
November 11, 2013: NHLP to Host New Webinar Series on Navigating VAWA 2013 Housing Programs
Please mark your calendar for the first in a series of webinars designed to assist domestic violence advocates and transitional housing programs in navigating the federally subsidized housing programs that are covered by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2PM EST/11AM Pacific, NHLP will provide a training on the basics of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Rural Development multifamily housing programs.
October Housing Law Bulletin Highlights Recent HAMP Litigation, USDA Debt Collection
The October issue of the Housing Law Bulletin features articles on recent HAMP litigation; USDA debt collection practices; a recent HUD notice on homeless admissions preferences; and the findings of three reports exploring fair housing discrimination trends. The issue also includes brief notes on changes at Rural Development and VAWA 2013 implementation.
October 18, 2013: California HCD to Continue Subsidies for Residents of RD/RHS Housing
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced last week that it will issue tenant-based vouchers to over 500 households living in 29 California Rural Housing Service (RHS) Section 515 rental housing developments whose nearly 30-year HCD project–based subsidies will terminate at the end of this year. Read more.