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February 8, 2016: NHLP Seeks New Executive Director
NHLP is seeking a visionary leader who is passionately committed to its core values of advancing housing justice and safeguarding the right to decent, affordable homes. The next Executive Director will be an experienced forward thinker and bridge-builder, adding new exciting chapters onto NHLP’s storied history of landmark accomplishments in housing law.
January 28, 2016: New Utility Allowance Methodology in HUD Multifamily Properties in Effect
Notice H 2015-04 establishes a required methodology for calculating utility allowances. Starting December 18, 2015, owners must perform a new baseline utility analysis at their contract anniversary dates.
January 22, 2016: NHLP Amicus Victory at California Supreme Court for Homeowners
On January 21, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that California's anti-deficiency protections for purchase money loans applies to short sales, not just foreclosures. The court also held that a lender may not require a borrower to waive these protections in a short sale agreement.
January 8, 2016: New report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies – America’s Rental Housing: Expanding Options for Diverse and Growing Demand
A new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies – America’s Rental Housing: Expanding Options for Diverse and Growing Demand – highlights the now familiar trend of increasing affordability pressures facing renter households. As of 2014, just under half (49.3) of renters were housing cost burdened, spending more than 30 percent of income on housing costs. This share includes more than one-quarter (26.4 percent) of renters who were severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. The burden percentage rates remain near their peaks reached in 2011. In total, 21.3 million renters were cost burdened in 2014, 11.4 million severely so, both all-time high numbers.
January 7, 2016: NHLP has prepared and circulated this summary of HUD FY16 Preservation Provisions as enacted by Congress in December 2015.
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December 29, 2015: A Message from Executive Director Marcia Rosen
“NHLP uniquely stands at the cross roads of housing and community development, legal services for the poor, and civil rights. It’s been my privilege to be part of an organization that has justice in its very bones.”
December 21, 2015: Significant Changes to RD Rental Assistance and Voucher Program Funding
The omnibus fiscal year 2016 appropriations act, officially titled the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, that was signed into law on December 18, makes critical funding and other changes to the Rural Development Rental Assistance (RA) and Voucher programs. It averts the displacement of tens of thousands of households by increasing funding for the RA program from the $1.167 billion that was previously proposed for this fiscal year to $1.390 billion. It eliminates the provision that prohibits RD from renewing RA contracts during their term and specifically authorizes $75 million to re-renew previously restricted contracts that are expected to exhaust their funding before their 12 month term is up.
November 6, 2015: NHLP's Jim Grow is Highlighted in Member Spotlight from Energy Conference
The 1st NEWHAB Annual Meeting was held in Minneapolis, MN on October 19th-20th. More than 100 NEWHAB members and allies from across the country met face to face to learn, share and connect. 10 attendees shared challenges they faced and peers offered feedback during the "Know how Show How." During "Getting Down to Work" sessions, attendees dove into discussions of technical topics.