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Vol. 44, Issue 9

October 2014

The October issue of the Housing Law Bulletin delves into the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool, advising advocates of its specific provisions and potential shortcomings. The Bulletin also includes updates on important cases including a significant garbage collection suit against HACLA, a suit challenging a local nuisance ordinance that discriminated against domestic violence survivors, and the ongoing reverse mortgage litigation against HUD. A Questions Corner segment explains a new HUD Notice that grants tenant organizations in HUD Multi-Family Housing a new appeal procedure.


Table of Contents

HUD Issues Draft AFFH Assessment Tool
PHA Settles Garbage Collection Suit for $3.3 Million
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Fifth Circuit Disparate Impact Case
Update: Borough Repeals Nuisance Ordinance That Penalized Domestic Violence Survivors Who Called Police
Update: HUD, Reverse Mortgages, and the Surviving Spouse Problem
Questions Corner: New Tenant Participation
Rules and Enforcement Procedures in HUD Multifamily Housing
Recent Cases
Recent Housing-Related Regulations and Notices


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Articles

  • HUD Issues Draft AFFH Assessment Tool

    On September 26, 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a Federal Register notice announcing the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool. The notice is currently open for a 60-day comment period, ending November 25, 2014. After the initial round of comments is received and reviewed, HUD will solicit further comments for an additional...


  • PHA Settles Garbage Collection Suit for $3.3 Million

    On October 2, 2014, a Federal District judge preliminarily approved a $3.3 million settlement between Los Angeles public housing residents and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). The lawsuit, filed March 21, 2012, was brought on behalf of an estimated 9,000 current and former public housing tenants in 14 Los Angeles public housing developments after HACLA had for years...


  • Update: Borough Repeals Nuisance Ordinance That Penalized Domestic Violence Survivors Who Called Police

    The Borough of Norristown, Pennsylvania has repealed an ordinance that imposed penalties on landlords if their tenants called the police three times within a four-month period. This ordinance did not contain an exception for domestic violence survivors seeking police assistance due to instances of abuse. A domestic violence survivor challenged both the ordinance and its functionally identical...


  • Update: HUD, Reverse Mortgages, and the Surviving Spouse Problem

    A recent Housing Law Bulletin article highlighted the plight of surviving, non-borrowing spouses who find themselves threatened with foreclosure upon the death of their borrowing spouse. That article unpacked the ongoing Bennett and Plunkett litigation, two federal cases where non-borrowing spouses sued HUD under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) for refusing to...


  • Questions Corner: New Tenant Participation Rules and Enforcement Procedures in HUD Multifamily Housing

    This Questions Corner is concerned with tenant participation rules and describes how HUD Notice 2014-12 enhances the appeal procedure when an owner violates 24 C.F.R. Part 245.


  • October 2014 Cases, Notices, and Regulations

    This section includes summaries of recent housing cases, notices, and regulations.

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