Bill Powers Advocacy Fund

Supporting cutting edge advocacy for tenants’ rights

The National Housing Law Project established the Bill Powers Advocacy Fund in 2021 to honor Bill who passed away on November 25, 2020. He was a beloved member of the NHLP staff during his housing career.

Bill was a remarkable person, an activist at heart. He genuinely cared about people and acknowledged the value of each person he met. He got a bachelor’s degree from La Salle University and became involved in affordable housing development. After working for the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, he spent 10 years commuting to Washington, DC to work for the Housing Assistance Council, addressing housing needs in rural America. During his DC years, he also became a lobbyist on Capitol Hill for NHLP.

In 1983, he and his family moved to California where he spent the next 35 years following his commitment to affordable housing, working for the Rural California Housing Corporation and the Western Center on Law and Poverty as a lobbyist at the State Capitol. For many years, he volunteered for organizations that he had a passion for, such as the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA), Congress of California Seniors, Sacramento Self-Help Housing, and many others. People often referred to him as their moral compass. Please read his full obituary here.

NHLP’s Bill Powers Advocacy Fund continues Bill’s work by supporting cutting edge advocacy for tenants’ rights.

Gifts made to the Bill Powers Advocacy Fund are tax-deductible.

NHLP welcomes multi-year pledges of support to the advocacy fund program. If you have questions regarding the fund, pledges or other giving options including planned gifts, bequests, gifts of stock or equities, please contact Lorin Bond at