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April 21, 2017: NHLP Quoted in CityLab re: RAD Conversion Oversight Concerns
A CityLab article discusses the RAD conversion challenges and concerns faced by advocates and tenants in San Francisco and Hopewell, Virginia. In the article, NHLP Staff Attorney Jessie Cassella discusses how NHLP has supported advocates in documenting and addressing these challenges, including the lack of adequate oversight by HUD. “One of our major concerns is the level and quality of oversight by HUD,” says Cassella. “I think HUD has put its emphasis on getting properties to closing, and much less effort in making sure that after deals are finalized, the transitions go smoothly."
April 20, 2017: NHLP Attorneys Presenting in Upcoming PLI Trainings
On May 1, NHLP Supervising Attorney Karlo Ng will present in a Practising Law Institute (PLI) session titled, Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California, and will discuss the housing rights of domestic violence survivors. Additionally, on June 9, NHLP Senior Staff Attorney Lisa Sitkin will be speaking at a PLI seminar titled, Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics, where she will focus on mortgage servicer litigation.
April 19, 2017: NHLP Submits Additional Comments on Proposed California Fair Housing Regulations on Reasonable Accommodations and Harassment
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. This set of proposed regulations, which included modifications to the Council's prior proposed language, covered areas such as liability for discriminatory housing practices, harassment, retaliation, and reasonable accommodations. NHLP has played a lead role collaborating on and drafting comments regarding the proposed FEHA regulations.
April 18, 2017: NHLP Welcomes Lisa Sitkin to the Staff
NHLP is excited to announce that Lisa Sitkin has joined our staff as Senior Staff Attorney and will lead NHLP’s California foreclosure program. Lisa was formerly Managing Attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) where she counseled individual clients, served as a consumer advocate with lenders, loan servicers and legislative bodies, and assisted with mortgage servicing, predatory and unfair lending litigation.
April 12, 2017: NHLP Presents on Intersection Between Gender and Fair Housing at Symposium
NHLP Staff Attorney Renee Williams served as a panelist for a workshop entitled "Gender and Housing" at Project Sentinel's "Fair Housing: The Way Forward" Symposium. Renee discussed housing protections for survivors of domestic violence under the Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. She also discussed recent developments regarding protections for LGBT individuals who are accessing HUD-assisted and -insured programs, such as emergency shelters. Renee presented with Liza Cristol-Deman, a partner with the law firm Brancart & Brancart
April 11, 2017: NHLP Quoted in CityLab re: Impact of HUD Budget Cuts on Public Housing Authorities
NHLP Executive Director Shamus Roller and Supervising Attorney Deborah Thrope are quoted extensively in an article addressing the impact of proposed federal housing budget cuts on public housing authorities and how the cutbacks will affect communities.
April 7, 2017: NHLP and the Shriver Center Co-Host Webinar in Response to Trump's Proposed Budget
NHLP and the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law co-hosted a webinar on April 6 - "Trump's Budget: What Does it Mean for Local Housing Advocates and Their Communities?" At a time when our clients already face immense challenges to obtaining and maintaining safe and stable housing, President Trump proposed unprecedented cuts to the federal housing and community development programs. While this is only the beginning of the budget process, housing advocates need to act now to help stop the harmful impacts of the proposed budget on low-income families. The webinar provided an overview of the 2018 budget, lessons we learned from past administrations that tried to limit housing access for poor people, and discussed how local advocates could elevate the voices of their clients and help oppose the cuts. Presenters included Shamus Roller, Jim Grow, Jessie Cassella, and Deborah Thrope from NHLP, Marie Claire Tran-Leung from the Shriver Center, and Elayne Weiss from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
April 6, 2017: NHLP is Pleased to Welcome Kara Brodfuerhrer to our Staff
The National Housing Law Project is excited to announce that Kara Brodfuehrer joined our team this week as a Staff Attorney. Kara will lead NHLP's California-based initiatives including providing support to local attorneys in the areas of eviction defense and affordable housing preservation. Prior to joining NHLP, Kara was a Senior Attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Mental Health Advocacy Project representing low-income tenants in a wide variety of landlord/tenant disputes, affirmative litigation, and civil commitment hearings. Kara started her legal career at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. where she focused on improving public infrastructure, fair representation, and promoting environmental justice in disadvantaged unincorporated communities.