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September Bulletin Discusses RHS Housing Preservation and Eviction Defense, PIH Notice Regarding Equal Access Rule
The September issue of the Housing Law Bulletin provides an overview of a recent Unnumbered Letter (UL) issued by the Rural Housing Service (RHS); this UL will have the impact of slowing affordable rental housing preservation efforts. Additionally, the issue summarizes the National Fair Housing Alliance's annual report on fair housing trends. The Bulletin also includes an article about defending RHS evictions, discussing relevant procedural and substantive protections for tenants. This issue also features a Q&A about a recent PIH notice to housing authorities concerning the Equal Access Rule, which prohibits discrimination in HUD programs on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. Finally, the issue provides summaries of recent cases, regulations, and notices. click here
NHLP Webinar: Prepayments, Maturing Mortgages, and Foreclosures: Protecting Seniors and Others from Rural Development Rental Housing Displacement
Join NHLP on October 21, for a free 90-minute webinar on how to protect residents of USDA rental housing from displacement when USDA Rural Development (RD) rental housing loans end due to prepayment, loan maturity, or foreclosure. In each situation, residents (including those who live in farm labor housing) may be threatened with displacement.
The webinar will cover protections available to residents, many of whom are seniors, including the right to notice of prepayment requests and to comment on them, and the right to secure RD vouchers and Letters of Priority Entitlement (LOPES). It will also address ways in which nonprofit and public agencies can preserve RD affordable housing... READ MORE
NHLP Conducts VAWA Webinar to Record Crowd
On August 21, 2014, NHLP presented a webinar on the housing protections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 to almost 500 participants across the country. Attendees included victim service providers, legal services attorneys, staff of public housing authorities as well as federal, state, and local government agencies. The webinar included an overview of housing safeguards for survivors under VAWA 2013 and the federal Fair Housing Act as well as an update on implementation of VAWA 2013 by the federal agencies. The webinar recording and materials are available here.
September 9th, 2014: NHLP Submits Comments on HUD's Proposed Consortia Rule
NHLP submitted comments today on HUD's proposed consortia rule on behalf of Housing Justice Network member agencies. NHLP generally supports the proposed rule due to its potential to provide greater opportunity for housing choice and mobility among voucher participants while reducing administrative burdens on local Public Housing Authorities. Our comments focus on a few key components of the rule that will have the greatest affect on tenants rights including the duty of agencies participating in a consortium to affirmatively further fair housing, the prohibition on MTW agencies to participate in consortia, consortia waiting list preferences, and the ban on partial consortia. We also discuss the lack of both incentives and technical support for PHAs to form consortia.
August 27, 2014: California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) Issues Guidance for Use of California Utility Allowance Calculator on Existing LIHTC Properties
On August 27, 2014, TCAC issued revised guidance to allow existing LIHTC properties with photovoltaic (PV) system installation through the California Solar Initiative MASH Program to calculate tenant utility allowances based on the California Utility Allowance Calculator (CUAC), an energy consumption model for tenant-metered properties. Prior to this guidance, the CUAC model was only available for new construction and adaptive reuse housing projects. Use of the CUAC model will enable many owners to reduce utility allowances and increase operating income, which could be used to offset some energy-efficiency improvement costs or to stabilize project operations... READ MORE
August Bulletin Discusses Reverse Mortgages, Recent Settlements
The August issue of the Housing Law Bulletin provides an overview of recent legal developments concerning the issue of surviving spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers. Additionally, the Bulletin discusses how NHLP helped preserve a Rural Housing Service development in Paso Robles, California. Furthermore, this issue discusses recent settlements: the first between HUD and a domestic violence survivor who was denied housing because of the abuse committed against her, and the second between the Department of Justice and a California housing provider that banned children from playing in the common grassy areas of the property. The issue also includes brief updates on implementation surrounding the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Finally, the issue features summaries of recent cases, regulations, and notices.