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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.
August 10, 2016: NHLP releases memo on families threatened by maturing mortgages in affordable housing
Tens of thousands of units in certain HUD properties are experiencing or facing mortgage maturity or the expiration of use restrictions or assistance. Unassisted tenants in these properties face the serious risk of a rent increase. For FYs 2015 and 2016, Congress has again targeted $5 million for tenant protection vouchers in each year to address this issue.
August 9, 2016: A $1 billion plan to provide integrated solar energy for low-income renters
NHLP joins the California Housing Partnership, California Environmental Justice Alliance, Brightline Defense Project, and the Natural Resources Defense Council sent comments to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding how to spend up to $1 billion from the state’s cap-and-trade tax to pay for solar energy systems to benefit low-income renters....
July 25, 2016: The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Shamus Roller as NHLP’s new Executive Director
Shamus Roller will join NHLP as Executive Director on November 1st. He comes to NHLP with expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, coalition building and policy development. Shamus will join NHLP as Executive Director on November 1, filling a vacancy left by Marcia Rosen, who retired in December 2015. He will work within a limited scope from now until November with Susan Stern, who will serve as Interim Executive Director.
His role at NHLP will follow his tenure as Executive Director of Housing California. Robert Pearman, Chairman of NHLP’s Board of Directors notes, “Shamus Roller is widely respected for his many accomplishments and illustrious track record. We are very excited that Shamus will take the helm at NHLP, a storied home of housing champions and great legal minds."
July 15, 2016: New Protections Proposed for Domestic Violence Survivors
Having worked closely with national allies in assisting Senator Jeanne Shaheen's office (D-NH) in developing this critical protection for survivors, NHLP is pleased to support a bill introduced on July 12 by the Senator that would amend the federal Fair Housing Act to explicitly include survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking as a protected class. A study found that more than 10% of all evictions and more than 25% of housing denials involved victims of domestic violence because of the crimes committed against them. “Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors have so many obstacles to overcome – it’s unconscionable that women are removed from their homes and face repeated discrimination simply because of the heinous crimes committed against them,” said Senator Shaheen.