MPLP Advocate Library - Housing
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There are many excellent publications available to assist legal services advocates handling housing matters. So, rather than presenting a summary of relevant housing law, we're listing resources that will help launch and support a low income housing practice.
The State and Local Flexibility Act of 2005 (S. 771; http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas), introduced in the U.S. Senate on April 13 by Sen. Wayne Allard, would significantly change the shape of the HUD rental housing programs...
In a 5-4 decision released near the end of its recently concluded session, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the a city's exercise of its eminent domain powers to enable private development was a legitimate public use for purposes of the 5th Amendment's Takings clause.
A new report from the Center for Housing Policy based on the American Housing Survey finds that between 1997 and 2003 there has been a 67% increase in the number of low and moderate income working families facing critical housing needs, spending more than half of their income on housing or living in physically dilapidated units...
In 2005 Community Legal Resources initiated work on the Affordability Preservation Project, a continuation of the Community Land Trust Project. A team of expert lawyers was empanelled to conduct a year-long research project to study affordability preservation models alternative to community land trusts, such as deed restrictions, soft second mortgages and condominuims.
Emerging potentially tenant unfriendly practices of public housing commissions and private HUD housing owners, and ways to respond to them, by MPLP Housing expert Jim Schaafsma.
The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section enforces the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Some selected cases are cited in this resource, sorted by type, with links to case summaries, complaints, settlement agreements and consent decrees, judgments, and press releases, as appropriate and available.
On January 5, President Bush signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. It contains several housing related provisions that, among other positive steps, provide additional protection for "victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking" living in or seeking admission to HUD assisted housing.
The recently enacted FY2006 HUD appropriations bill contains a provision which restricts eligibility for Section 8 housing for some members of this population.
Earlier this year, HUD issued a notice which provides guidance to public housing authorities/commissions (PHAs) about ways to assist persons with disabilities in their search for housing under the Section 8 voucher program.
Last year, as mandated by Congress, HUD reconvened a committee of "stakeholders" to develop, through a process called negotiated rulemaking ("neg-reg"), a new public housing operating subsidy formula that would adequately fund well-managed public housing. With limited resident involvement, this committee reached agreement on what the operating subsidy formula should be and how to make the transition to it...
If you need to get information about the rights of and assistance available to hurricane survivors who've relocated to Michigan, there are many resources to consult.
Among metropolitan areas in the U.S. with populations greater than 500,000, two in Michigan led the nation in "job sprawl", and the Detroit metro area has the highest rate of "spacial mismatch" between jobs and African-Americans in the country, according to a recent Brookings Institution report. The study identifies "spacial mismatch" as a measure of the physical isolation of people, in terms of where they live, from job opportunities in their metropolitan area.
The Michigan Residential Landlord Tenant Law Manual ("The Blue Book")is available through the Michigan Poverty Law Program.
According to the National Housing Trust, more than 12,000 HUD assisted units have been lost in Michigan since 1995 (through February 2005), including more than...
As is the case with much of the HUD subsidized multifamily rental housing inventory, there is a threat of loss of much of the housing subsidized under the USDA's Rural Housing Service's Section 515 program...
Manual for legal aid attorneys on advising and representing clients who have criminal records with wide ranging discussion on the civil impact of criminal history in many familiar areas including housing, public benefits, employment and family law. This book is available as a PDF document with a Table of Contents linked to related sections.
MPLP Power Point Presentation Regarding Overcoming Obstacles to Reentry
Analysis of policies that permit Landlords to label tenant guests as trespassers and then seek enforcement of the state trespass statute against them.
In a recently published op-ed piece, 2 former assistant secretaries of HUD during the Clinton administration offered the following interesting perspective on the American Dream of homeownership.