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June 14, 2016: NHLP Helps Win Important Victory for Voucher Tenants Who Experience Disabilities (DeCambre v. Brookline Housing Authority)
The First Circuit Court of Appeals decided today in DeCambre v. Brookline Housing Authority that disbursements from a Special Needs Trust shouldn't be used for purposes of determining income for the Section 8 Voucher program. NHLP submitted an amicus brief with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. and the Special Needs Alliance, Inc. in support of the tenant. The court adopted the arguments in our brief. This decision represents an important victory for voucher tenants who experience disabilities because the Housing Authority (and HUD) interpret the regulations in a way that unfairly impacts disabled voucher participants.
June 6, 2016: NHLP Work on RAD Cited by Twin Cities Daily Planet
Last year, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), an ally of tenants rights, drafted a memorandum to HUD highlighting a litany of tenant concerns. ... NHLP argued that the continued observance of tenants rights could possibly be weakened as, "RAD requirements are not in a permanent authorize statute."
June 3, 2016: Beginner's Guide to RAD Advocacy (June 2016)
NHLP has created an introductory guide for tenant advocates who are just starting to get involved in their local RAD conversion. This document, entitled the "Beginner's Guide to RAD Advocacy," provides a brief overview of the RAD program, information about the HUD RAD guiding documents, additional RAD resources provided by NHLP and HUD, tips on getting involved in local RAD conversions, and preliminary questions that tenant advocates should ask when first getting involved in RAD. For additional questions about RAD, please email RAD@nhlp.org.
May 2, 2016: Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2016 Introduced
Rep. Kuster (D-NH), recently introduced legislation entitled the Rural Housing
April 13, 2016: NHLP and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issue report on benefits of housing authority consolidation
NHLP's Deborah Thrope is a co-author of this new report from our colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - "Consolidating Rental Assistance Administration Would Increase Efficiency and Expand Opportunity."
April 8, 2016: Guide to Utility Allowances Now Available
NHLP and California Housing Partnership have jointly published a guide to assist owners and advocates of affordable housing in understanding the implications of recent changes to federal program utility allowance requirements, and to provide tips for assessing whether utility allowance adjustments can be used as a resource to finance or pay back the costs of energy efficiency and renewable improvement projects.
March 23, 2016: New York City Media Covers NHLP's RAD Collaboration With Local Advocates
NHLP is quoted in this important article about the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, nationwide and in New York City. "The RAD program has the potential to address the chronic underfunding that has plagued public housing units nationwide for decades," writes Jessica Cassella, a fellow at the National Housing Law Project. "In order to meet this lofty goal, however, it is essential that public-housing authorities and housing developers collaborate in a meaningful way before and after RAD conversions with tenants and advocates to address the community's most pressing housing needs and secure long-term enforceable tenant rights." NHLP is pleased to be working with local housing advocates in New York City and around the country to ensure enforceable tenant protections under the RAD program.
March 16, 2016: New IRS Utility Allowance Rule Impacts Sub-Metering and Use of Energy Consumption Model
The IRS has released the final sub-metering rule for utility allowances in Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties. Sub-metering and utility allowances for sub-metered utility was initially approved under Notice 2009-44. IRS issued a proposed rule to codify actual-consumption sub-metering into the Code of Federal Regulations in 2012. This is the final rule as a result of that rulemaking process.