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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.
November 4, 2015: NHLP Support Second Chances for Public Housing Applicants
NHLP's Deborah Thrope was quoted in today's Honolulu Civil Beat discussing the Hawaii Public Housing Authority's overly restrictive ban on applicants with prior evictions from state-assisted housing. NHLP supports the Housing Authority's proposed policy that would allow some tenants to re-apply but says that the best policy would be to consider the circumstances surrounding the individual applicant's prior rental history.
October 16, 2015: Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar
This presentation will provide an overview of two laws - the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Participants will learn about anti-discrimination rights of domestic violence survivors under VAWA 2013 and FHA as well as the obligations of landlords and housing owners under these laws. In addition, participants will be able to test their knowledge by responding to hypotheticals presented throughout the session and have an opportunity to pose questions.
October 14, 2015: State Law Compendium: Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors (2015)
NHLP is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 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 laws enacted as of April 2015. For a list of state laws that were enacted between April and October 2015, see the chart here.
October 13, 2015: Congressmember Waters Asks GAO to Review Impact of RAD on Public Housing Tenants
On October 7, 2015, Congressmember Maxine Waters submitted a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the GAO review the impact of HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program on public housing tenants. Congressmember Waters' request for a GAO review seeks to ensure that tenants' rights are properly protected during and after RAD conversions and that RAD's reliance on private capital does not deplete the nation's stock of public housing. In her letter, Congressmember Waters also expressed concerns about the lack of transparency of RAD conversions and the potential risk of default and foreclosure of public housing properties.
October 9, 2015: Update on Rural Development Rental Assistance Funding for Fiscal Year 2016
Following up on our news post of Sept. 4, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) on September 30, providing funding to the federal government until December 11, 2015. The CR contains language granting Rural Development (RD) the right to waive the provision in the 2015 appropriations act that prohibits the renewal of Rental Assistance contracts during the 12 months term of such contracts. The CR also gives RD authority to spend a larger amount of money for Rental Assistance (RA) contracts during the term of the CR than a proportional amount of last year's funding. The agency should therefore be able to fund RA contracts that expired in August and September, as well as those that will need renewal between now and Dec. 11. RD has informed NHLP that they are working with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to get authority to spend the CR funding as soon as possible.
October 9, 2015: New California Energy Bills Aim to Include Low-Income Communities
This week Governor Jerry Brown signed several landmark bills to further California’s aggressive climate goals. These bills are notable for their inclusion of low-income communities and their potential to improve the quality of life of multifamily affordable housing tenants. NHLP is working to help ensure that the benefits promised by these bills reach low-income tenants.
October 2, 2015: Register Now for Upcoming NHLP Webinars!
Mark your calendars for two upcoming NHLP webinars on the housing rights of domestic violence survivors who are limited English proficient and the housing rights of survivors with disabilities.