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Last week of the 2014 Supplement Sale!
August Bulletin Discusses Reverse Mortgages, Recent Settlements
The August issue of the Housing Law Bulletin provides an overview of recent legal developments concerning the issue of surviving spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers. Additionally, the Bulletin discusses how NHLP helped preserve a Rural Housing Service development in Paso Robles, California. Furthermore, this issue discusses recent settlements: the first between HUD and a domestic violence survivor who was denied housing because of the abuse committed against her, and the second between the Department of Justice and a California housing provider that banned children from playing in the common grassy areas of the property. The issue also includes brief updates on implementation surrounding the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Finally, the issue features summaries of recent cases, regulations, and notices.
August 20, 2014: CPUC Adopts Recommendations to Facilitate Energy-Efficiency Improvements for Affordable Rental Housing
On August 14, 2014 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously adopted several key recommendations in their final decision that will enable greater utilization by multifamily buildings in the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program for the upcoming 2015-2017 program cycle. Funded by investor-owned utilities (IOUs), ESA is an assistance program providing over $1 billion annually for certain energy-saving improvements in dwelling units occupied by low-income consumers... READ MORE
August 19, 2014: RD Revises VAWA Implementation in Response to NHLP Advocacy
On February 10, 2014, Rural Development (RD) issued an Administrative Notice (AN) to implement the 2013 amendments to the Violence Against Women Act. AN 4747 (1944-N). In June 2014, the National Housing Law Project, joined by 25 other organizations, sent a letter to the RD Housing Administrator advising him that there were some significant errors and omissions in the Administrative Notice and requesting that the agency correct them and republish the AN. On August 6, the agency responded to NHLP stating that it will republish the AN and will include all but one of the recommendations made in the letter. A copy of the letter to RD and its response are attached... READ MORE
August 12, 2014: California Court of Appeal Agrees with NHLP Amicus Brief in Finding Duty of Care in Loan Modification Process
In Alvarez v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, NHLP, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization submitted an amicus brief in support of a homeowner who was improperly denied a loan modification by Bank of America. In finding that a loan servicer such as Bank of America must properly handle modification applications once it begins the review process, the Court’s opinion quotes from NHLP’s amicus brief to highlight the vulnerable position borrowers find themselves in while navigating servicers' loan modification requirements.
2014 Supplement Sale update:
NHLP's 2014 Supplement will soon be heading to the printing press! We're working hard to provide you with the best possible publication and plan to ship out in September. We thank you for your patience and your support.
Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Survey
In response to the growing interest and questions about HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), NHLP seeks to provide low-income housing advocates with information and helpful resources about RAD. Your responses to this survey will help NHLP assess which RAD topics and resources will be most useful to advocates. Our goal is to meet advocates’ needs for technical assistance and supportive policy advocacy. Please click here to take our survey!