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March 6, 2014: NHLP Joins 80 Organizations In Asking Government to Address Investor Cash Flooding into Neighborhoods
NHLP has signed on to a letter drafted by Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) and California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) asking federal regulators to address the trend of “Real Estate Owned” (REO) properties. Wall Street investment companies and large cash investors are purchasing single-family homes, oftentimes in economically distressed neighborhoods, outbidding first-time homebuyers who cannot put up the same sums of cash, and displacing tenants. Read more.
February 25, 2014: NHLP joins Amicus Brief Defending Disparate Impact Regulation
On February 10, NHLP joined five other civil rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in American Insurance Ass'n v. U.S. Dep't of Hous. and Urban Dev. Plaintiffs in this action challenge the validity of HUD's Disparate Impact Regulation, which was issued in early 2013. Amici filed in support of HUD's motion for summary judgment. Read more.
February Bulletin Provides In-Depth Coverage of FY 2014 Appropriations, Anti-Immigration Housing Ordinances
The February issue of the Housing Law Bulletin includes two articles examining the impact of the FY 2014 appropriations on federal affordable housing program funding. The first article focuses on HUD programs, while the second summarizes FY 2014 funding for Rural Housing Service programs. Additionally, this month's Bulletin features an extensive overview of three federal circuit court opinions concerning anti-immigrant rental housing ordinances. The issue also contains summaries of recent cases, notices, and regulations.
February 7, 2014: Sixth Circuit Rules Tenants May Enforce PTFA with State Law Causes of Action in Case with NHLP Amicus Brief
In Mik v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp., NHLP, Public Justice Center, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty submitted an amicus brief in support of tenants who were evicted from their home after the homeowners lost the property to foreclosure. The court agreed with amici that the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PFTA) preempts conflicting state law. And while the PTFA does not grant tenants a private right of action, tenants may still use PTFA violations to establish offensive state law claims. The Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of tenant’s wrongful eviction claim based on PTFA violations. Read the opinion here.
January 30, 2014: NHLP Urges USDA to Strengthen Nondiscrimination Proposed Rule
On January 27, 2014, NHLP submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concerning the agency’s proposed changes to certain nondiscrimination regulations. NHLP co-authored the comments with the National Fair Housing Alliance. The proposed rule would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in USDA’s federally-conducted programs. Read more.
January 24, 2014: Preservation of Affordable Housing as Represented in the New U.S. Budget
The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. No. 113-76, Jan. 17, 2014) contains several provisions affecting preservation of affordable housing and protecting tenants. These include funding levels for project-based Section 8 and tenant protection vouchers, as well as several important policies extending authority for preserving properties with expiring assistance contracts under now-dormant HUD rental assistance programs, extending tenant protections for mortgage maturity and addressing troubled properties. NHLP has prepared a summary of these preservation provisions, including a brief description of each provision and the related statutory text and citations for ready reference.