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NHLP’s Comments on the IRS’s proposed changes to the LIHTC program’s Average Income Test (AIT)

NHLP submitted comments on the IRS’s proposed rule that would prohibit owners of LIHTC AIT properties from redesignating a unit’s imputed income limitation. The comment letter advocates for the IRS to give owner’s the ability to re-designate a unit’s imputed income limitation when necessary to comply with fair housing and VAWA obligations and when necessary to accommodate the floating unit designations allowed by other subsidy programs. The comment letter also explains how owner’s of LIHTC AIT properties have an incentive to rent their very low-income and extremely low-income units to Section 8 voucher holders where the voucher payment standard exceeds the maximum rent allowed under the LIHTC program. This duplicates the LIHTC subsidy for these units, it makes these... Read More »

NHLP Praises HEROES Act Introduction, Calls for Strong Congressional Oversight

Statement by Shamus Roller, Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project Today, Speaker Pelosi introduced a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package. The HEROES Act contains substantial resources to provide housing stability to renters and homeowners across the country. The bill provides $175 billion in rental and homeownership assistance to those suffering from loss of work or income. It includes approximately 100,000 emergency rental vouchers targeted to those most vulnerable during the crisis. And the Act expands and strengthens payment relief options for homeowners, and creates a twelve-month eviction moratorium that covers all residential properties. “NHLP cannot emphasize enough the need for immediate rental and homeowner relief, and we appreciate that the House bill works to address the... Read More »

NHLP Analysis of HUD’s Public and Indian Housing Waiver Notice

NHLP Analysis of HUD’s Public and Indian Housing Waiver Notice This is NHLP’s analysis of HUD’s PIH Notice 2020-05 regarding COVID-19 statutory and regulatory waivers (issued April 10, 2020). The analysis includes (1) an overview of the HUD waiver notice (2) a list of key policies to consider when advocating with your local PHA (3) a summary of the available waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs that will impact tenants’ rights and housing access. Click here to view other NHLP COVID-19 Resources... Read More »

NHLP Submits Comments on HUD’s “Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations” Rule

The National Housing Law Project submitted comments this April to oppose HUD’s “Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations” proposed rule which will force many to choose between abandoning their most closely held beliefs or going without critical life-saving services. View NHLP’s comment letter here.   NHLP’s comments were drafted using resources provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whose comment campaign opposed a series of proposed regulations from the Trump Administration that threaten access to essential services and infringe upon individuals’ rights to religious freedom. ... Read More »

CARES Act Eviction Moratorium Summary

The federal stimulus package in response to COVID-19 (The CARES Act) was passed on March 27. The bill includes a moratorium on some residential evictions. This memo is a summary of those eviction protections NHLP’s CARES Act Eviction Moratorium Summary (PDF) NHLP COVID-19 Resources... Read More »

Public Charge and Housing: Fact Sheets, Talking Points, Public Comments, and Webinar

The National Housing Law Project condemns the Trump Administration’s attempt to punish legal immigrants and their families for accessing critical, lifesaving benefits. The Public Charge Rule, finalized on August 14, makes it easier for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine certain immigrants to be a “public charge”, which can result in someone being denied admission into the country or prevent someone from receiving a green card. Under the Public Charge Rule, an individual may be deemed a public charge because they use, or might use, vital health, nutrition, or housing assistance programs. Certain immigrants can be deemed a public charge even if they have never received federal benefits based on several factors including income, age, health, and... Read More »

Civil Rights Leaders Respond to Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Fair Housing, Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Proposal from HUD to Effectively Eliminate Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule Weakens Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws, Reinforces Decades of Discriminatory Practices Leaders of The National Fair Housing Alliance, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Housing Law Project, and Alliance for Housing Justice held a media conference call today to express opposition to the Trump administration’s latest attack against a critical Fair Housing Act tool for fighting housing discrimination. You can listen to a recording of the full press call here. The proposed rule released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) just days before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day would effectively eliminate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) mandate... Read More »

HUD Launches Administration’s Latest Attack on Civil Rights by Retreating on Fair Housing

Statement by Shamus Roller, Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project  “Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule that advances the Trump Administration’s deregulation agenda under the guise of fair housing,” said Shamus Roller, executive director of the National Housing Law Project. “Make no mistake: this rule promotes neither fair housing nor affordable housing objectives. Instead, this proposal continues the Administration’s pattern of attacking civil rights and housing access.” “HUD’s proposal releases jurisdictions from having to examine whether they are perpetuating discrimination and segregation,” Roller said. “Pretending our country’s legacy of housing discrimination does not exist is not a valid federal housing policy. Putting our heads in the sand will not suddenly... Read More »

UPDATED: Nuisance and Crime-Free Ordinances Initiative

NHLP has posted updates to the webpage, “Nuisance and Crime-Free Ordinances Initiative.” Updates include: NHLP Resources for Advocates NHLP Trainings... Read More »

NHLP endorses the Fair Chance at Housing Act

National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Housing Law Project support the “Fair Chance at Housing Act,” introduced by Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Alexandria Oc-asio-Cortez to help ensure that justice-involved people have access to federal housing assistance.   View NHLP and NLIHC “Fair Chance at Housing Act” factsheet... Read More »