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July 14, 2014: HBOR Collaborative’s June PLI Training Now Free Online; MCLE Credit Available
On June 16, 2014 the HBOR Collaborative (NHLP, National Consumer Law Center, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Tenants Together) conducted a day-long training at Practicing Law Institute in San Francisco. Topics included the basics of HBOR and the new CFPB mortgage servicing rules, litigating loan modification misconduct claims and foreclosure cases, eviction defense after foreclosure, tenants’ rights in foreclosure, and loan modification basics. Faculty included members of the Collaborative and members of the private bar. For the next year, a recording of the training and its materials are available for free, through PLI’s website. Participants may receive up to 6.25 hours of MCLE credit.
June Bulletin Highlights TILA Circuit Split, Advocacy Tips to Increase PHA Voucher Spending
The June Housing Law Bulletin describes and analyzes a federal circuit split concerning the exercise of rescission rights under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The issue also summarizes a recent HUD conciliation agreement reached with a housing provider to ensure deaf and hard of hearing individuals are not discriminated against on the rental housing market. Additionally, this issue includes tips for advocates seeking to encourage local housing authorities to increase Housing Choice Voucher spending, and explains why increased spending is so important. Additionally, the Bulletin features summaries of recent cases, regulations, and notices.
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June 30, 2014: Updated State Law Compendium on Survivors’ Housing Rights
NHLP is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 edition of “Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors: A State and Local Law Compendium.” This compendium, which is updated annually, is a compilation of state and local laws that provide important safeguards for survivors of domestic violence who seek to access and maintain housing. The updated compendium includes over 100 pages of new information. It is designed to serve as a starting point for advocates conducting research on the housing protections that their state and local laws offer survivors... Read More
June 25, 2014: Tenant Protections Available for Expiring HUD Properties
Some HUD properties are facing expiring mortgages and use restrictions, which might result in rent increases for unassisted tenants. For properties expiring through September 30th, 2014, Congress has provided $5 million for tenant protection vouchers, as sought by allied organizations including the National Alliance of HUD Tenants, the Chicago Housing Initiative, and other members of the National Preservation Working Group, including NHLP. These tenant protections may be used as either enhanced vouchers or Project-Based Vouchers, which would provide deeper affordability for current tenants and preserve affordability for future tenants. HUD recently issued Notice HUD 2014-13 outlining the criteria for distributing funds, which should provide protections for 500-700 tenant households nationwide. There is no application deadline, but funds will be available only until exhausted. To enable advocates to perform local needs assessments, NHLP has prepared an explanatory memo and a list of 340 potentially eligible projects from HUD data.
June 9, 2014: NHLP Staff Attorney Renee Williams Quoted on Lack of Language Access to Affordable Housing
An article in today's Columbus Dispatch quoted NHLP Staff Attorney Renee Williams, in which Renee discussed the systemic issue of housing authorities not adequately addressing the needs of limited English proficient clients. "'Some housing authorities don’t have limited-English-proficiency plans in place, and even those that have great plans on paper often have problems with execution,' Williams said." Renee provided broader context to the Columbus-based story in which the author describes advocacy efforts to ensure the housing authority increases translation of vital documents, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal guidance.
June 3, 2014: NHLP hosts housing law training for Bay Area public interest clerks
On Tuesday, June 3, NHLP hosted a full-day housing law training for summer clerks practicing public interest law throughout the Bay Area. Over 35 clerks attended the event at Hastings College of the Law. NHLP staff provided an overview of federal housing programs and introduced clerks to important tenants’ rights in federally subsidized housing. You can find the materials from the training here!