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March 30, 2017: NHLP Submits Comments on Proposed California Fair Housing Regulations
NHLP, along with the Western Center on Law and Poverty and other state partners, submitted comments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council on proposed regulations promulgated under the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act. The draft regulations represent the second round of regulations that the Council has published and included regulations related to discriminatory effects liability, land use practices, and the use of criminal history in housing decisions. NHLP has played a lead role coordinating comments among statewide housing advocates throughout the drafting process.
March 29, 2017: NHLP Trains Community Organizers at National Alliance of HUD Tenants' Meeting in Washington, D.C.
NHLP Staff Attorney Jessie Cassella spoke at the National Alliance of HUD Tenants' meeting with community organizers about a wide variety of issues facing tenants in federally subsidized housing. In her training, Jessie focused on the preservation risks and tools that are available to protect existing affordable housing.
March 29, 2017: NHLP Advocates in Washington, D.C. to Preserve Affordable Housing
In partnership with the national Preservation Working Group, NHLP Staff Attorney Jessie Cassella spoke with current HUD staff and Congressional appropriations staff about the devastating impact of any potential cuts to federally subsidized housing programs in 2017 and 2018. NHLP and other national affordable housing advocacy organizations will continue to advocate with key decisionmakers during the budget negotiation process to amplify the voices of low-income tenants and prevent the further marginalization of low-income families and communities.
March 28, 2017: NHLP Issues RFP for Workshops and Roundtables for 2017 HJN Conference in Washington, D.C.
The National Housing Law Project is accepting proposals for workshops and roundtables for the 2017 Housing Justice Network Conference in Washington, D.C. The Conference will be held October 12-14, 2017 at the Washington Court Hotel. Proposals must be received by 5:00 P.M. PT, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The planning committee is interested in proposals on a variety of topics. For more information, please see the RFP Form.
March 27, 2017: NHLP and Shriver Center Host Webinar on Trump's Budget and Its Implications for Legal Advocates and Their Communities
Please join NHLP and the Shriver Center on a webinar to discuss President Trump's proposed unprecedented cuts to the federal housing and community development programs. During this webinar, we will address:
-What would massive cuts to the major federal programs look like?
March 24, 2017: NHLP Recommends Best Practices for Assessing LIHTC Compliance to National Council of State Housing Agencies
HJN advocates have been confronting so-called planned foreclosures, where owners of LIHTC properties use foreclosure to prematurely terminate long-term rent and use restrictions. The Treasury Secretary has never exercised its statutory authority to address this problem by making determinations that the foreclosure is part of a termination scheme. Other advocates have seen similar problems resulting from so-called "qualified contracts" submitted by owners to Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) under Section 42, and by full or partial releases granted to owners by HFAs. Drawing upon these experiences, NHLP collaborated with HJN allies to develop recommendations for consideration by the National Council of State Housing Agencies as it develops a revised best practices guide for state agencies. Our recommendations seek to advance the agencies' shared goal of preserving affordable units for the entire term of the extended use period (30 years or sometimes longer).
March 23, 2017: Statewide Meeting with California Fair Housing Advocates and the CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing
NHLP and the Western Center on Law and Poverty coordinated a meeting with fair housing advocates and the Director and legal staff of the CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss statewide fair housing trends and identify shared goals among the Department and local legal services and other organizations that advocate for tenants.
March 20, 2017: NHLP Submits Comments to HUD on HOTMA Implementation Guidance
HUD is slowly implementing provisions of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). On March 20, NHLP submitted comments on behalf of HJN to HUD on its HOTMA implementation guidance related to Section 8 voucher inspections. The comments focused on interpreting the new law to provide safe and habitable housing to tenants while expediting the inspection process to reduce periods of housing instability and homelessness. NHLP also submitted comments with the Preservation Working Group on HUD's proposed implementation of new project-based voucher rules.