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Civil Rights and Housing Groups Call on HUD to End Evictions in Its Own Properties

49 civil rights, affordable housing, and tenants’ rights organizations, including 25 national groups, called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to act immediately to end evictions in HUD housing and to do more to stop the national eviction crisis. Letter to HUD News Release Policy Advocacy and Analysis... Read More »

Policy Advocacy and Analysis

Civil Rights and Housing Groups Call on HUD to End Evictions in Its Own Properties 49 civil rights, affordable housing, and tenants’ rights organizations, including 25 national groups, called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to act immediately to end evictions in HUD housing and to do more to stop the national eviction crisis. Letter to HUD News Release Emergency Housing Vouchers – FAQ and Advocacy Tips NHLP FAQ and Advocacy Tip Sheet for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs). You can find out whether your local public housing authority was awarded EHVs on HUD’s website here, under “List of Awardees.” More than 600 PHAs were awarded a... Read More »

Other National Resources

Energy Efficiency for All’s website Tracking state and local housing policy responses to COVID-19. The tracking includes utility disconnection policies, eviction moratoria, and announced LIHTC policies. National Alliance for Safe Housing, COVID-19 Response Resources This site provides links to a number of resources for advocates who serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. National Center for State Courts This resource has the current status of state court closings. National Council of State Housing Agencies’ list This is a list of state housing finance agencies’ announcements/guidance. National Consumer Law Center This resource has some helpful resources about various consumer issues relating to the current emergency, including what homeowners should know about available mortgage relief. Read More »

About

The National Housing Law Project’s mission is to advance housing justice for poor people and communities.  We achieve this by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities, and preserving and expanding the nation’s supply of safe and affordable homes. We are committed to an environment of inclusion and equitable opportunity for members of the Housing Justice Network, our partner organizations, clients, staff, and board. We seek to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially people with lived experiences impacted by housing insecurity and discrimination, or who have experienced the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination. We actively promote mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation, and teamwork across all lines of difference. NHLP was founded in 1968 as... Read More »

Mission

The National Housing Law Project’s mission is to advance housing justice for poor people and communities.  We achieve this by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities, and preserving and expanding the nation’s supply of safe and affordable homes. We are committed to an environment of inclusion and equitable opportunity for members of the Housing Justice Network, our partner organizations, clients, staff, and board. We seek to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially people with lived experiences impacted by housing insecurity and discrimination, or who have experienced the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination. We actively promote mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation, and teamwork across all lines of difference. Read More »

Tools for Tenant Advocates

Source of Income Laws and Emergency Rental Assistance – Advocacy Tips This resource from NHLP, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, and National Homelessness Law Center provides tips for advocates on how to use source of income protections to increase the ability of renters to access and use emergency rental assistance. (October 4, 2021) Emergency Housing Vouchers NHLP FAQ and Advocacy Tip Sheet for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs). You can find out whether your local public housing authority was awarded EHVs on HUD’s website here, under “List of Awardees.” More than 600 PHAs were awarded a total of 70,000 vouchers. (UPDATED September 28, 2021) Template for pro se motion to appoint... Read More »

Litigation

NHLP is always on the look-out for opportunities to bring our expertise to bear in impact litigation, both in trial and appellate courts, on important matters relating to housing for low-income individuals and families.  This work includes cases strengthening or guarding the rights of tenants and low-income homeowners, advancing or defending protections against unfair discrimination in housing and housing-related services, preserving precious affordable housing stock, and other cases with the potential to significantly affect access to and quality of affordable housing for low-income persons. Hayes v. Harvey (3rd Circuit) defining “good cause” in an enhanced voucher case. McMahon v. JP Morgan Chase (9th Circuit) on the procedural protections in the California Homeowners Bill of Rights Bayview Plaza Tenants Association et... Read More »

NHLP Seeks Eviction Initiative Project Director

NHLP is launching a project on eviction prevention and tenants’ rights that will bring together lawyers, researchers and organizers, court staff and housing providers to increase public understanding of the social and health impacts of evictions and to support emerging policy and program innovations. We are seeking someone to direct the project. BACKGROUND Eviction and the cascade of negative outcomes that follow have a major and lasting impact on the health and well-being of children and adults. Eviction is associated with coronary heart disease, mental health conditions, higher death rates, and pre-term childbirths. For children, it is particularly devastating. Eviction takes years off children’s lives, sets them back academically, and results in emotional trauma, higher exposure to lead poisoning, and... Read More »

NHLP Seeks Homeownership Assistance Fund Coalition Coordinator

NHLP seeks an attorney or policy advocate to help coordinate the work of the Homeowner Assistance Fund Coalition. The Coalition focuses on advocacy and technical assistance related to the $10 billion Homeowner Assistance Fund created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the American Rescue Plan and administered by the U.S. Treasury Department. ABOUT THE HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE FUND COALITION The American Rescue Plan included almost $10 billion to be used for a Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) to help homeowners who experienced financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Treasury Department is responsible for overall program design and oversight.  HAF dollars are distributed to states, territories and Tribes (“Grantees”), with each jurisdiction developing a program tailored to... Read More »

NHLP Seeks Candidates for the David B. Bryson Memorial Fellowship

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) announces that it will host a David B. Bryson Memorial Fellow and invites all interested candidates to apply, including 2021 law school graduates. The National Housing Law Project is committed to an environment of inclusion and equitable opportunity for members of the Housing Justice Network, our partner organizations, clients, staff, and board. We seek to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially people with lived experiences impacted by housing insecurity and discrimination, or who have experienced the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination. We actively promote mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation and teamwork across all lines of difference.  THE BRYSON FELLOWSHIP  The Bryson Fellowship honors the life and work of David B. Bryson, a gifted NHLP attorney... Read More »