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4C. RAD Q&A with HUD’s Director of Recapitalization, Tom Davis

A question and answer session with HUD’s Director of Recapitalization, Tom Davis. Several questions will be sent to Tom ahead of time and there will be time for audience members to ask questions.  ... Read More »

3C. If Not RAD, then What? The Future of Public Housing

The remaining 1.1 million units of public housing have a documented capital needs backlog of nearly $26 billion. Many low-income families are living in unsafe and unsanitary living conditions due to the program’s chronic underfunding by Congress. The Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) was created in 2012 to preserve and improve public housing. However, due to their size, administrative capacity, and other factors, many housing authorities cannot utilize RAD as a preservation tool. What does that mean for the remaining public housing stock? What choices do housing authorities and residents have to repair and renovate the properties or seek better living conditions? What can we, as advocates, do to preserve this valuable source of affordable housing while protecting residents from... Read More »

David Brady Bryson

David Bryson distinguished himself as a tireless defender of the housing rights of the poor and as a brilliant legal professional. His work with NHLP spanned nearly 30 years and advanced his core belief in the ethical duty of the federal government to make decent and affordable housing available to all, regardless of income, race or disability. His legendary contributions to the world of housing litigation include many landmark cases that advanced tenants’ fundamental rights. Attorneys, scholars, and activists sought his sage counsel as did policymakers who found his expertise indispensable in developing critical protections that endure to this day. In his varied roles as an attorney, teacher, writer, or advisor, David’s innate decency was a hallmark of his tireless... Read More »

Don’t Get RAD-dled Training Series for PHAs

Don’t Get RAD-dled: Ensuring Compliance and Best Practices Training Series for Public Housing Authorities on What You Need to Know about the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Through RAD, public housing authorities (PHAs) are applying to convert 185,000 public housing units nationwide to project-based rental assistance (PBRA) or project-based vouchers (PBV). While RAD conversions have many specific legal requirements and can raise challenging questions, they can also create important opportunities for addressing funding shortages and serving low-income community members. This training series is designed for public housing authorities to overview some of the key legal requirements of RAD and best practices to ensure the long-term preservation of affordable housing. Part 1: Overview of RAD – Component 1 and... Read More »

NHLP RAD Advocacy Guide (Jan. 2016)

This advocacy guide is designed to provide legal services attorneys and tenant advocates with information, guidance, model policies, and lessons learned from RAD Component 1 conversions nationwide. This guide specifically discusses ways for advocates to ensure the long-term affordability and enforceable rights of tenants in RAD properties. The NHLP RAD Advocacy Guide (Jan. 2016) is available to download... Read More »

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

  In response to the serious repair needs at public housing properties ($49 billion and rising), Congress enacted the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) in 2011 to preserve and improve public housing buildings and other properties in need of preservation resources. In general, the RAD program enables PHAs and owners to change the type of housing assistance provided at certain properties by converting these properties to the project-based voucher (PBV) or project-based rental assistance (PBRA) programs. Specifically, RAD gives owners of public housing and four HUD “legacy” programs (Rental Supplement (Rent Supp), Rental Assistance Payment (RAP), Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), and Section 202... Read More »

Don’t Get RAD-dled: 30 Minute Trainings for Tenant Advocates on What You Need to Know about the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

HUD is permanently privatizing 185,000 public housing units nationwide through the RAD program. RAD conversions have a profound impact on tenants’ everyday lives, as wells as the long-term affordability of our housing stock nationwide. Learn about how to ensure the greatest protections for RAD tenants and the affordability of affordable housing in your community. Part 1: Why and How Should I get Involved in My Local RAD Conversion? Dowload the factsheet here. Part 2: RAD 101: Component 1. Download the factsheet here. Part 3: RAD 101: Component 2 Download the factsheet here. Part 4: RAD Tenant Organizing Rights Download the factsheet here. Part 5: RAD Right to Remain,... Read More »

Opportunities at NHLP

Staff Attorney – Federally Assisted Housing Preservation Job Posting The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) seeks a Staff Attorney to help support the organization’s federally assisted housing preservation work at the national level and throughout the country.  Currently, NHLP is actively involved in policy advocacy, litigation, and technical assistance around a range of federal housing programs, civil rights and fair housing matters, and eviction prevention. Federally assisted housing preservation is a central part of NHLP’s expertise and advocacy and a key need among our 2,000 legal aid attorneys who are a part of the Housing Justice Network. This is a dynamic position that will allow the attorney to work with advocates throughout the country and with a tremendous team at... Read More »


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 »

CDC Eviction Moratorium

The CDC moratorium ended on August 26, 2021. CDC Order and CDC Declaration for Tenants For Tenants:  fact sheet and declaration in numerous languages Advocate Primer – NHLP’s Analysis of August 2021 CDC order FAQ for Renters in English and Overview of Moratorium Fact Sheet and Declaration for Renters created by the Alliance for Housing Justice and National CAPACD Is My County Currently Covered by the CDC Eviction Moratorium? This step-by-step guide includes instructions to find out whether your county is covered by the CDC eviction order. Importantly, the instructions describe what to do if a county falls below the “substantial” or “high” rate required for the... Read More »