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Vol. 45, Issue 3
The March issue of the Housing Law Bulletin summarizes several key developments in energy policy as it relates to affordable housing, including the White House's Fiscal Year 2016 Multifamily Energy Conservation Demonstration Proposal, Pay for Success energy improvements legislation, and California's Public Utilities Commission's approval of the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Benefit. The Bulletin also updates advocates on recent HUD notices clarifying and implementing the Equal Access Housing in HUD Programs, Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity rule. Finally, the Bulletin describes the finalized $3.3 million settlement in the Galindo litigation, where the Housing Authority of LA wrongfully charged public housing tenants trash collection fees for years.
Table of Contents
Improving Energy Performance in Affordable Rental Housing: Recent Developments
HUD Issues Notices on Equal Access Rule
Federal Court Approves $3.3 Million Public Housing Garbage Collection Settlement
Recent Housing-Related Regulations and Notices
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Energy costs are a significant part of operating costs, making improved energy performance key to ensuring the sustainability of affordable housing. Energy-efficiency improvements and renewable installations can provide significant benefits to owners and tenants in improved tenant health, safety, and comfort, and reduce the federal subsidy necessary. Affordable housing providers, energy...
Earlier this year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued two notices concerning the implementation of the agency’s “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” final rule (Equal Access Rule), published on February 3, 2012. The Equal Access Rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, sexual...
On March 5, 2015, a Federal District judge granted final approval of a $3.3 million class action settlement between Los Angeles public housing residents and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), in the case Galindo v. Housing Authority of Los Angeles. Current and former public housing residents from 14 HACLA developments sued HACLA in 2012, alleging they were...
This section includes summaries of recent housing cases, notices, and regulations.