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August 19, 2014: RD Revises VAWA Implementation in Response to NHLP Advocacy

On February 10, 2014, Rural Development (RD) issued an Administrative Notice (AN) to implement the 2013 amendments to the Violence Against Women Act. AN 4747 (1944-N). In June 2014, the National Housing Law Project, joined by 25 other organizations, sent a letter to the RD Housing Administrator advising him that there were some significant errors and omissions in the Administrative Notice and requesting that the agency correct them and republish the AN. On August 6, the agency responded to NHLP stating that it will republish the AN and will include all but one of the recommendations made in the letter. A copy of the letter to RD and its response are attached. READ MORE

August 12, 2014: California Court of Appeal Agrees with NHLP Amicus Brief in Finding Duty of Care in Loan Modification Process

In Alvarez v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, NHLP, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization submitted an amicus brief in support of a homeowner who was improperly denied a loan modification by Bank of America. In finding that a loan servicer such as Bank of America must properly handle modification applications once it begins the review process, the Court’s opinion quotes from NHLP’s amicus brief to highlight the vulnerable position borrowers find themselves in while navigating servicers' loan modification requirements.

2014 Supplement Sale update:

NHLP's 2014 Supplement will soon be heading to the printing press! We're working hard to provide you with the best possible publication and plan to ship out in September. We thank you for your patience and your support.

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Survey

In response to the growing interest and questions about HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), NHLP seeks to provide low-income housing advocates with information and helpful resources about RAD. Your responses to this survey will help NHLP assess which RAD topics and resources will be most useful to advocates. Our goal is to meet advocates’ needs for technical assistance and supportive policy advocacy. Please click here to take our survey!

July Bulletin Explores Effective Communications for Disabled Tenants, Mortgage Maturity

The July issue of the Housing Law Bulletin provides an overview of reasonable accommodations law, with a specific focus on providing effective communications for blind and deaf tenants participating in federally subsidized housing programs. Additionally, the Bulletin includes a primer for advocates seeking to learn more about mortgage maturity--particularly the potential impact on tenants, as well as existing protections for tenants living in affected properties. This month's Questions Corner tackles the question of whether an automatic bankruptcy stay applies to Housing Choice Voucher tenants facing termination. Finally, the Bulletin features summaries of recent cases, regulations, and notices.

July 14, 2014: HBOR Collaborative’s June PLI Training Now Free Online; MCLE Credit Available

On June 16, 2014 the HBOR Collaborative (NHLP, National Consumer Law Center, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Tenants Together) conducted a day-long training at Practicing Law Institute in San Francisco. Topics included the basics of HBOR and the new CFPB mortgage servicing rules, litigating loan modification misconduct claims and foreclosure cases, eviction defense after foreclosure, tenants’ rights in foreclosure, and loan modification basics. Faculty included members of the Collaborative and members of the private bar. For the next year, a recording of the training and its materials are available for free, through PLI’s website. Participants may receive up to 6.25 hours of MCLE credit.

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