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NHLP’s Review of HOTMA Regulatory Changes 

This past January, HUD published new regulations pursuant to HOTMA that will impact all HUD tenants. The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) Sections 102, 103, and 104 govern important aspects of HUD programs including: How income and assets are calculated New rules for over-income tenants in public housing Guidance on recertifying tenant income NHLP staff discussed the major changes during a webinar, “NHLP’s Review of HOTMA Regulatory Changes” held on Thursday, May 18, 2023. During the webinar staff highlighted the issues most relevant to legal services attorneys and answered questions. NHLP has published an accompanying analysis and outline that details other changes to the regulations, most of which go into effect in... Read More »

How Can HJN Members Impact Federal Policy?

On Thursday December 17, NHLP hosted a webinar: How can HJN Members Impact Federal Policy? Noelle Porter, NHLP’s Government Affairs Director, presented federal policy advocacy opportunities in the important context of a Biden-Harris transition. She shared how HJN has informed NHLP’s advocacy to date, and how we’d like to open the dialogue further. Natalie Maxwell, Director of Advocacy & Litigation at Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. in Gainesville, Florida discussed legal services attorneys’ role in helping frame the national conversation around tenants rights and the need for affordable housing. Both Noelle and Natalie answered questions about how to get more involved and how to directly or indirectly engage federal officials. The webinar kicked-off a series of listening sessions for HJN... Read More »

Racial Justice in the Housing Rights Movement

The National Housing Law Project is very happy to announce that we will be hosting a discussion on advancing racial justice in the housing movement. Panelists: Demetria McCain Demetria McCain has been with the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) since its inception and presently serves as its president. ICP is a Dallas-based nonprofit that works for the creation and maintenance of thriving racially and economically inclusive communities, expansion of fair and affordable housing opportunities for low income families, and redress for policies and practices that perpetuate the harmful effects of discrimination and segregation. Conceived by Demetria, ICP’s “Voices for Opportunity” initiative provides advocacy training for low-income renters and neighborhood groups fighting for fair housing and neighborhood equity. Previously, Demetria worked as... Read More »

Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration

NHLP hosted an informational session and discussion about HUD’s new Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration. HUD recently published its NOFA for the demonstration, which includes program requirements and guidance for PHAs that are applying to participate. We began with an overview of the Mobility Demonstration. We then heard from local advocates in Atlanta and Cleveland about how they are working with their PHAs to apply and ultimately implement voucher mobility programs. Moderator: Bridgett Simmons, National Housing Law Project Presenters: Phil Tegeler, PRRAC Lindsey Siegel, Atlanta Legal Aid Wingo Smith, Southern Poverty Law Center Michael Lepley, Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research Recording: Passcode: V1I30g*T... Read More »

End of the CARES Act Moratorium: mini-moratoriums, 30 day notice and eviction legal strategy in the pandemic

On July 23, 2020, the National Housing Law Project hosted the webinar “End of the CARES Act Moratorium: mini-moratoriums, 30 day notice and eviction legal strategy in the pandemic.”  Below are the webinar materials.   Description:The 120-day CARES Act eviction moratorium expires on Saturday, July 25. At the expiration of the moratorium, landlords covered by the moratorium may begin serving eviction notices, and may begin filing eviction lawsuits as soon as 30 days thereafter. This webinar covers the 30-day notice requirement, strategies to prevent evictions during the pandemic, and the continuing eviction moratorium for multifamily properties receiving a forbearance under the CARES Act or under related agency directives. NHLP also provides an update on the status of additional legislation... Read More »

Law Clerk Training Webinar – 2nd Part

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Tuesday. The second half of the Subsidized Housing Basics training will be on Tuesday, June 9. You will not need to register to attend the second session. The second session will be recorded and shared after the live broadcast. Subsidized Housing Basics Tuesday, June 9 2 to 4 pm (EDT)/11 am to 1 PM (PDT) Tuesday’s training will provide a substantive overview of the project-based rental assistance programs and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. In light of the current public health crisis, we will also review the federal government’s housing response to COVID-19. Read More »

Register Now! Law Clerk Training Webinar

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10 am-1 pm pacific/ 12 pm–3 pm central/ 1 pm–4 pm eastern This substantive training by staff of the National Housing Law Project will provide an overview of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, including discussions on recent changes, current trends, and issues facing practitioners. Summer law clerks, new attorneys, and advocates at legal services and housing rights advocacy organizations who are seeking a refresher are encouraged to attend. Featured Programs: Public Housing Housing Choice Vouchers Project-Based Rental Assistance Low Income Housing Tax Credits COVID-19 Housing Response What You Will Learn: how to identify HUD-subsidized housing in your community defining features of the various... Read More »

Housing Rights for Survivors of Domestic Violence Interacting with the Criminal Justice System

Survivors of domestic violence may have engaged with the criminal justice system in ways that could potentially prevent them from accessing safe, affordable housing. Oftentimes, this engagement is directly related to the acts of abuse committed against them. This webinar provides an overview of the intersection between an individual’s engagement with the criminal justice system and its impact on housing applicants seeking federally assisted (and other) housing. Specific topics to be covered include: (1) how and why survivors interact with the criminal justice system; (2) basic rules regarding admission to federally assisted housing; (3) examples of existing housing policies that permit individuals who have engaged with the criminal justice system to access housing; (3) practice tips on working... Read More »

Equitable Smoke-Free Policies in Public Housing

In celebration of the National Housing Law Project’s (NHLP) release of A Guide to Equitable Smoke-Free Public Housing, this webinar discusses the best practices for equitable implementation and enforcement of smoke-free policies. This guide is a resource for Public Housing Authorities, tenants, and advocates who are seeking to find the proper balance between two important public health issues– promoting smoke-free environments and ensuring access to affordable, stable housing. While the guide focuses on HUD’s Public Housing smoke-free rule, the philosophy of equitable implementation and enforcement can be applied to all types of rental housing. NHLP is joined by Kara Skahen, Program Director of Live Smoke-Free: Smoke-Free Housing, who discusses the importance of partnerships in creating, implementing, and enforcing smoke-free policies. Read More »

Working with PHAs to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

This webinar discusses the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing and what that means in practice for advocates and public housing authority (PHA) staff. Panelists provide an overview of both the federal and California AFFH obligations, as well as examples of how advocates, local government agencies, and PHAs can work together to ensure that PHAs are meeting their obligations to affirmatively further fair housing. The webinar discusses Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs), source of income discrimination, and the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) as examples of how to examine these issue areas through an AFFH lens. Webinar Recording Slides – Working with PHAS to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing During the... Read More »