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December 16, 2014: NHLP and HJN Submit Comments on HUD's Demolition and Disposition of Public Housing Proposed Rule
On December 15, 2014, NHLP and the Housing Justice Network, submitted comments on HUD's long-awaited proposed rule on the demolition and disposition of public housing. The comments, a joint effort by the HJN working group, focused on resident participation requirements, resident relocation, unit replacements, and civil rights requirements, along with other issues that address the preservation of the nation's public housing stock. You can read the comments here.
December 12, 2014: Federal Housing Finance Agency Funds the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund.
On December 11, 2014 Director Mel Watt of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allocate funds to the Housing Trust and Capital Magnet Fund as required by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. An estimated $350 to $500 million will be allocated to the Housing Trust and Capital Magnet fund in its first year.
December 5, 2014: November/December Bulletin Breaks Down the Essential Points of HUD's Proposed Demo-Dispo Rule, Updates Advocates on Ongoing Litigation Threatening Disparate Impact Theory, and Surveys 2014 State Landlord-Tenant Legislation
The November/December issue of the Housing Law Bulletin examines HUD's proposed Demolition-Disposition Rule, informing advocates of its essential points and analyzing its strengths and potential weaknesses.
November 26, 2014: NHLP Submits Comments on the AFFH Draft Assessment Tool
On November 25, 2014, the National Housing Law Project and thirteen organizations submitted comments to HUD concerning the draft Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool. NHLP and the signatory organizations expressed strong support for HUD's progress toward implementation of a final AFFH regulation, which includes the Tool. These comments also detailed areas where the Tool must be improved. Read more.
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.