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UPDATED: Enforcing the CARES Act 30-Day Eviction Notice Requirement

Enforcing the CARES Act 30-Day Eviction Notice Requirement memorandum discussing continuing applicability of 30-day notice requirement for certain evictions in properties participating in federal housing programs or with federally-backed financing. Highlights of the new version include: Discussion of the Washington Court of Appeals’ ruling in Sherwood Auburn LLC v. Pinzon, 521 P.3d 212 (Wash. Ct. App. 2022) and other case law developments; Updated information regarding state court rules implementing CARES Act eviction restrictions; Chart summarizing law regarding ripeness of summary eviction lawsuits in every U.S. state and territory (bearing on circumstances under which initiation of summary eviction proceeding before expiration of CARES Act notice is mandatory grounds for dismissal). Read More »

NHLP Analysis: The White House Blueprint for a Renter’s Bill of Rights

Last week, the Biden administration released The White House Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights (Blueprint) and we issued this statement. With the goal of stronger tenant protections, the Blueprint features more than two dozen commitments by federal agencies and suggests five rights that governments at all levels and the private sector should help ensure: Safe, high-quality, accessible and affordable housing; Clear and fair leases; Education, enforcement, and enhancement of renter rights; The right to organize; Eviction prevention, diversion, and relief. Though these principles are not novel, the White House’s recognition of them is noteworthy. Policies that the Blueprint highlights includes just cause, right to... Read More »

UPDATE: NHLP Litigation

Visit NHLP’s Litigation webpage for updates.   Litigation... Read More »

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2022 Contact: Foluke Nunn, American Friends Service Committee, The Millennia Resistance Campaign Demands HUD Hold The Millennia Companies and Other Troubled HUD Owners Accountable for Poor Property Conditions The member organizations that make up the Millennia Resistance Campaign— a group of Millennia tenants, community organizers, lawyers, and other allies from around the country— are going public with their demands for HUD to hold accountable the Millennia Management Company LLC and Millennia Housing Management Ltd, as well as other troubled HUD owners, for poor property conditions. The Millennia Resistance Campaign will formally present these demands to HUD at their meeting on August 17th. The campaign aims to call the public’s attention to the... Read More »

Congress Keeps the Lights On, Reauthorizes VAWA

Congress passed the FY 2022 spending package last night. The bill contains significant federal investments in housing and civil rights, and includes a historic reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). With the President’s signature, this massive package will fully fund the federal government and expand protections for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. The spending bill increased HUD funding by $4 billion with moderate increases to most programs, and USDA’s housing programs also received modest increases. The included reauthorization of VAWA contains minor housing spending, and, importantly, improves current law and establishes a new office and director to oversee implementation of the full VAWA housing title. Following are a few highlights from both. 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 »

Virginia Housing Organizer Honored with Special Commendation from the National Housing Law Project

For Immediate Release Contact: Deidre Swesnik, Director of Communications; 202-919-9106 Virginia Housing Organizer Honored with Special Commendation from the National Housing Law Project Omari al-Qadaffi is being recognized for his courageous and sustained work on behalf of tenants and communities of color and for his unflagging advocacy for housing and racial justice. September 22, 2021 – Today, the National Housing Law Project announced a special commendation for Richmond, Va. area housing organizer Omari al-Qadaffi noting his long history of work to support tenants in Virginia including his advocacy to ensure special protections for renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are proud to honor Omari al-Qadaffi with this Housing and Racial Justice... Read More »

RD Drops Proposed Mixed-Status Rule, Mixed-Status Families Can Reside in RD Housing Without Fear of Eviction

During a recent call with the Rural Preservation Working Group, RD officials announced that RD is following HUD and will not propose a mixed-status rule restricting RD housing beyond what is required by Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980. This means mixed-status families can continue to live together in RD housing without fear of being evicted. At some later date, RD will propose new regulations that conform to the previous HUD Section 214 regulations. Read More »

PUBLIC CHARGE LEGAL FIGHT ENDS:  Victory for Immigrant Communities Nationwide as U.S. Justice Department Drops Defense in Public Charge Case

The ongoing public charge litigation battle has ended and the Trump rule can no longer be enforced. The United States Department of Justice yesterday filed motions to dismiss its defense of the Trump public charge rule, ending a nearly two-year legal battle and invalidating the rule nationwide. The public charge rule has effectively denied millions of immigrant families health care and economic support–a particularly cruel impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full news release from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Legal Council for Health Justice, and National Housing Law Project. Read More »