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March 24, 2015: CA Assembly Judiciary Commitee unanimously passed Safe Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors Bill, AB 418
For those who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse, the ability to flee a dangerous situation could mean life or death. Today the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed AB 418, co-sponsored by NHLP, that will allow survivors of domestic violence to terminate a lease in order to move to safer housing and decrease the survivor’s remaining rent obligation to 14 days from the current 30.
March 17, 2015: California Legal Advocacy Organizations Submitted Comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Proposed Mortgage Servicing Rules
NHLP, Housing & Economic Rights Advocates, California Reinvestment Coalition, Public Counsel, and 10 other California legal advocacy organizations submitted comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed mortgage servicing rules. Our comments and suggestions focus on the continuing "widows and orphans" issue, servicing transfers, and other proposed changes and additions that will affect homeowners and successors-in-interest who inherit or take title to property through divorce. The CFPB will likely finalize the rules later this year.
February 27, 2015: February Bulletin Outlines the Obama Administration's Proposed FY 2016 Budget for HUD and Rural Housing Service programs, Provides an In-Depth Review of Tenant Recertification in Extenuating Circumstances, and more...
The February issue of the Housing Law Bulletin explains the White Houses's proposed budget for HUD and Rural Housing Service (RHS) programs in fiscal year 2016, using the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Memos to Members. The Bulletin also provides guidance to advocates representing tenants who failed to timely recertify income or family composition because of extenuating circumstances. Finally, this issue provides a national survey of state and local protections for tenants in foreclosure -- critical protections for advocates to consider now that the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act has expired.
February 19, 2015: NHLP Applauds Introduction of California Bill to Extend Homeowner Rights to Widowed Spouses, Heirs
Legislative fix would help grieving homeowners working with mortgage servicers...
February 9, 2015: NHLP is thrilled to be the recipient of a 2015 Ralph Abascal Fellowship
We are honored to announce that NHLP is the recipient of a 2015 Ralph Abascal Fellowship from UC Hastings. Jessica Cassella will be joining us full-time in the fall. We are tremendously excited about working with her to ensure that public housing residents have a voice and that their rights are protected as public housing authorities in San Francisco and around the country participate in a new HUD program, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), designed to transform public housing.
February 4, 2015: State and Local Tenant Protections Page Updated
Even before the enactment of the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, state and local governments had turned their attention to tenants’ rights after foreclosure. Since the PTFA does not preempt state or local laws that provide greater protections to tenants, many states have continued to legislate substantial additional protections for tenants. After the PTFA expired at the end of 2014, these state and local laws become the main protections for tenants after foreclosure.