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December 2, 2016: NHLP’s Work with Policymakers Results in Strengthened Housing Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors in the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016
In a big step toward protecting survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking against housing loss, Congress passed an amendment to VAWA 2013 as part of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 on December 1, 2016. NHLP provided key assistance to federal policymakers in drafting the amendment, which clarifies that lease bifurcations and post-lease bifurcation protections apply to both tenants and residents. Under VAWA 2013, a covered housing provider can decide to bifurcate a lease by removing a perpetrator from the lease and permitting the survivor to stay in the unit. If the survivor is not included on the housing assistance, then the survivor has the right to establish eligibility for the assistance, apply for another covered housing program, or find alternative housing. The amendment reflects Congress's intent to provide lease bifurcation safeguards for survivors who are living in federally assisted units covered by VAWA, but whose names do not appear on housing assistance contracts or leases because of the power and control of their abusers or due to issues related to immigration status. The bill is expected to be sent to the President for his signature.
November 15, 2016: CPUC Adopts Major Improvements to Low Income Energy Efficiency Program
On November 10, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a proposal to significantly increase energy efficiency opportunities for four million low-income Californians, reaching those in multifamily housing for the first time. A broad coalition of 19 organizations supported the proposal to enhance California’s Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program, a move that could serve as a national model for easing the energy burden of low-income households, cutting energy waste, and reducing harmful pollution.
November 7, 2016: NHLP quoted in Wall Street Journal
In a Wall Street Journal article, NHLP describes the impact of the RAD program on low-income families and the many concerns that tenants experience during the RAD conversion process.
November 2, 2016: NHLP, along with its partners the Erie Family Health Center, Health Justice Project, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and public health experts, submitted comments to HUD on its proposed Lead Safe Housing Rule
On October 31, NHLP, along with its partners the Erie Family Health Center, Health Justice Project, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and public health experts, submitted comments to HUD on its proposed Lead Safe Housing Rule. The proposed rule will greatly improve HUD's approach to lead poisoning in federally assisted housing, although revisions must be made in the final rule to best protect children from the permanent physical and neurological effects of lead poisoning. Specifically, the comments request that HUD 1) mandate primary prevention practices that focus on identifying and remediating lead hazards before a child is poisoned; 2) increase enforcement, oversight, and reporting requirements to ensure lead-safety of federally assisted housing and alert the public to the location of lead hazards; 3) require client-centered services to prevent retaliation, remove language and cultural barriers, and increase accessibility for individuals experiencing disabilities; and 4) require the adoption of changes as expeditiously as possible to protect the greatest number of children from lead poisoning.
October 11, 2016: NHLP Expresses Concern Over Proposed Middle Income Housing Tax Credit
NHLP joins the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and other organizations in expressing serious concerns over S. 3384, the proposed Middle Income Housing Tax Credit Act introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
September 30, 2016: Governor Brown Signs Survivor Bill of Rights (SB 1150) Into Law
On September 29, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1150, a California bill to address the problems that arise when mortgage servicers refuse to work with homeowners who inherit property but who are not borrowers on the loan. These titled homeowners are often stonewalled by servicers that refuse to speak with them or to allow them to assume and modify the mortgage.
September 23, 2016: NHLP Attorneys Present Subsidized Housing Training at PLI
On Tuesday, September 27, NHLP Attorneys Jessica Cassella, Stephen Knight, Kent Qian, and Deborah Thrope will present Subsidized Housing Basics at the Practising Law Institute in San Francisco. The training will be available both live and via webcast. To register, please click here to choose between the two attendance options.
August 24, 2016: Assembly Approves Survivor Bill of Rights (SB 1150)
On August 22, the California Assembly voted in favor of SB 1150, a California bill to address the problems that arise when mortgage servicers refuse to work with homeowners who inherit property but who are not borrowers on the loan. These titled homeowners are often stonewalled by servicers that refuse to speak with them or to allow them to assume and modify the mortgage.