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NEWS: Tenant Leaders and Advocates Call Upon HUD to Address the Dire Conditions and Racial Disparities at Millennia Properties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2022 Contact:  Deidre Swesnik, National Housing Law Project, dswesnik@nhlp.org Tenant Leaders and Advocates Call Upon HUD to Address the Dire Conditions and Racial Disparities at Millennia Properties In an April 4, 2022 letter to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, tenant leaders and housing advocates detailed a broad-ranging investigation of one the nation’s largest owners and operators of HUD’s project-based Section 8 housing, Millennia Management Company LLC and Millennia Housing Management LTD. (“Millennia”), with a particular focus on the many properties in Black neighborhoods that the company has operated for years with hazardous conditions with HUD’s full knowledge. Millennia properties in Black neighborhoods are under-resourced and housing conditions are not corrected timely, adversely impacting... Read More »

Opportunities at NHLP

Development and Communications Associate Job Posting SUMMARY NHLP seeks a Development and Communications Associate to assist with the income generation and communications aspects of the organization including grant writing, grants management and reporting, donor solicitation and fundraising appeals, conferences and events, communicating with our network and partners, and marketing of our publications.  This is a new position intended to facilitate professional growth and increasing levels of responsibility within the organization. See full description at this link and below. ABOUT NHLP 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 and low-income homeowners, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities, and preserving... Read More »

Fair Housing Trial Against Tenant-Screening Firm Starts Today

Today, a significant discrimination case about tenant-screening algorithms begins. The bench trial involves third-party tenant-screening firm CoreLogic Rental Property Solutions, now SafeRent Solutions, which is being sued for discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. Starting at 10:30am ET, the bench trial will be held in Courtroom Two, 450 Main St., Hartford, CT before Judge Bryant. The court calendar can be found here. 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 »

NHLC and NHLP Congratulate American Bar Association on New Policy for Residential Eviction Laws

The National Homelessness Law Center and the National Housing Law Project congratulate the American Bar Association in passing “ABA Ten Guidelines for Residential Eviction Laws.” The Resolution was passed Monday, on Valentine’s Day, bringing a little love to all the renters across the country. According to its website, “The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.” In recognition that evictions... Read More »

Regarding Security Deposit Replacement Products

As state legislative sessions get underway in many states this month, advocates can anticipate bills in many states seeking to legitimize various versions of financial products, from companies such as Rhino or Lease Lock, designed to take the place of security deposits for rental housing. 2023.01.05 Regarding Security Deposit Replacement Products... Read More »

Protect Subsidized Tenants from Rising Utility Costs (2022)

Read how advocates can help subsidized tenants facing rising utility costs. This bulletin includes a chart showing the utility allowance adjustment rules for various programs and links to other resources. https://www.nhlp.org/wp-content/uploads/UA-Bulletin.pdf    ... Read More »

Human Rights Watch Report Highlights How HUD and Congress Must

Statement by NHLP and NLIHC in Support of Human Rights Watch’s Report, “The Tenant Never Wins” HRW report statement... Read More »

Domestic Violence Initiative – Newsletters

NHLP publishes a newsletter on a variety of current housing issues that affect survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Issue 2 2021 Newsletter This newsletter features two articles regarding the housing rights and needs of survivors of violence. The first article discusses the availability of Emergency Housing Vouchers for survivors of violence and the second article discusses updated United States Department of Agriculture guidance concerning the Violence Against Women Act. Issue 1 2021 Newsletter The newsletter features two articles regarding the housing needs of survivors during COVID-19. The first article provides a Q&A for advocates about how survivors can access COVID-19 rental assistance, and includes a description of the types of expenses covered by rental assistance. The second... Read More »

Flint residents file civil rights complaint over asphalt plant approval

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2021  Media Contacts: Alejandro Davila, Earthjustice, adavila@earthjustice.org Deidre Swesnik, National Housing Law Project, dswesnik@nhlp.org Flint residents file civil rights complaint over asphalt plant approval Asphalt plant will dump air pollution in a Black community unrecovered from lead poisoning  Flint, Michigan—Today, residents of Genesee County filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over the local approval of a polluting hot-mix asphalt plant. The complaint said that Genesee Township’s approval of the Ajax asphalt plant violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Housing and Community Development Act, as it is part of a pattern of discrimination. Groups are represented... Read More »