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November 13, 2014: NHLP Board Member and Stanford Professor Michelle Anderson’s op ed on lessons learned from municipal bankruptcies
There were bittersweet tears Friday in Detroit, and last month in Stockton, after bankruptcy judges approved both cities’ plans to restructure their debts. What should we learn from the two largest city bankruptcies in U.S. history? Read Full Article
November 12, 2014: CBPP Report Recommends Lifting the RAD Cap to Preserve Developments for Seniors, People With Disabilities, and Families With Children
A recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recommends to Congress to: (1) include the Senate Appropriations bill that raises the RAD unit conversion cap from 60,000 to 185,000 units, (2) provide $10 million to fund incremental RAD subsidies, and (3) allow HUD to accept public housing applications for RAD until September 2018.
November 4, 2014: NHLP’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) website is now live!
NHLP’s new RAD website provides a variety of key source documents, resources, and advocacy tools designed to help residents and advocates understand HUD’s RAD program and maximize key tenant protections in local RAD programs.
November 4, 2014: Federal Suit Challenges Landlord's Criminal Records Ban As FHA Violation
On October 30, 2014 the Fortune Society filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York challenging a landlord’s blanket ban on renting apartments to people with criminal records, regardless of the conviction.
October 30, 2014: October Bulletin Dissects HUD's Proposed AFFH Assessment Tool, Updates Advocates on Major Garbage Collection, Domestic Violence, and Reverse Mortgage Litigation
The October issue of the Housing Law Bulletin delves into the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool, advising advocates of its specific provisions and potential shortcomings. The Bulletin also includes updates on important cases including a significant garbage collection suit against HACLA, a suit challenging a local nuisance ordinance that discriminated against domestic violence survivors, and the ongoing reverse mortgage litigation against HUD. A Questions Corner segment explains a new HUD Notice that grants tenant organizations in HUD Multi-Family Housing a new appeal procedure.
October 22, 2014: SF to Defend Tenant Relocation Law in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
San Francisco is defending a progressive tenant relocation law challenged by landlords represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation. NHLP joined other tenant and housing organizations in an amicus brief filed with the District Court. The challenged ordinance, which requires landlords to pay certain displaced tenants a relocation benefit calculated to compensate them for the difference between their rent before displacement and the cost of a comparable unit for a period of two years, was declared unconstitutional by the District Court and has been appealed by the City.