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09/13/2021
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FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES
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09/12/2021

Chapter 12: Preservation of Affordable Housing
By Paulette J. Williams
I. Introduction
A. Overview of the Problem
B. Government Responses
C. The Critical Roles of Housing Advocates
1. Data Collection and Analysis
2. Using Regulatory Protections
3. Tenant Education, Advocacy and Organizing
4. Assisting with Preservation Purchases and Restructuring

09/12/2021

Chapter 7: Federal Sources of Financing
By Rochelle E. Lento
I. Introduction
II. Low Income Housing Tax Credits
A. Overview
B. Mechanics of the LIHTC Program
1. The Basics
2. Compliance and Extended Use Period
3. Applicable Percentages
4. Calculation of the LIHTC and Basis Rules
5. Rent Restrictions and Other Requirements
6. Further Restrictions on Types of Housing
7. State Credit Allocations
8. Carryover Allocations
C. Layering Other Financing Sources with LIHTCs
1. Non-Recourse Loans
2. Federal Grants or Subsidies
D. Ownership Structures for LIHTC Transactions
E. Current Developments in LIHTC Transactions
III. HOME Investment Partnership Act
A. Purpose and Activities
B. Eligible Grantees and Costs
C. Limitations on Use of HOME Funds
D. Matching Requirements
E. Current Developments in the HOME Program
IV. Community Development Block Grant
A. CDBG Generally
B. Eligible Activities, Grantees and Administration
C. Loan Guarantees or Section 108 Loans
V. Bond Financing of Multi-Family Housing
A. Bond Financing in General
B. Tax Exempt Bonds
C. Taxable Bonds
VI. Other Sources of Federal Financing
A. Supportive Housing for the Elderly
B. Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities
C. Section 8 Rental Assistance
D. Homeless Assistance Grants (McKinney Act)
E. Housing Opportunities for People with Aids
F. Environmental/Energy Programs
1. Brownfield Economic Development Initiative
2. Lead-Based Paint Grants
3. Energy STAR Program
VII. Rural Housing Programs
VIII. Homeownership Programs
Chapter 8: State Sources of Housing Finance
By Peter Salsich
I. Introduction
A. The Increasing Involvement of the States
B. State Department of Housing and Community Development Programs
C. Housing Finance Agencies
II. Bond-financed Programs
A. Multifamily Rental Housing Programs
B. Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bond Programs

09/11/2021
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09/02/2021
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EVICTION SUPREME COURT ORDER

09/02/2021

42 U.S.C. § 3631

“Civil Rights Act of 1968"

Hate Crimes: Criminal Interference with Fair Housing Rights - Section 3631 makes it unlawful for an individual to use force or threaten to use force to injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person’s housing rights because of that person’s race, color, religion, s*x, handicap, familial status, or national origin. The statute also makes it unlawful to similarly use force or threaten to use force against anyone who is assisting an individual or class of persons in the exercise of their housing rights.
18 U.S.C. § 245

“Civil Rights Act of 1968"

Hate Crimes: Criminal Interference with Federally Protected Rights - Section 245 makes it unlawful to willfully injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person, or attempt to do so by force or threat of force, because of that person’s race, color, religion, national origin, or because of that individual’s activities as outlined by statute.

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08/06/2021
Biden Issues Atrocious Eviction Moratorium, Defying the Supreme Court

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07/13/2021

: Protection from Eviction
1. For the purposes of this Act, “forced eviction” is understood as the permanent or
temporary removal against their will of individuals, households, and/or communities
from the homes and/or land which they occupy, without access to appropriate forms
of legal or other protection and/or without the provision of alternative housing that is
proximate, adequate, affordable, and agreed to by the residents.3
2. For the purposes of this Act, “eviction” refers to the use of judicial means to remove
a resident from a dwelling unit, including but not limited to issuing a notice to vacate
or other termination or eviction notice; filing, serving, or otherwise initiating judicial
eviction proceedings; and seeking or causing an order for the physical eviction of a
resident or residents to be executed.
3. Forced evictions are strictly prohibited at all times, including of informal settlements
and encampments.
4. Evictions are strictly prohibited for the duration of this Act, including those scheduled
prior to the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic, except in cases of domestic
or household violence. In this regard:
i. No eviction notice shall be served or executed for the duration of the Act. Any
attempts to serve such notices are void and unenforceable and subject to the
penalty provided in Section X, subsection 6.ii. of the Act.
ii. No court, tribunal, or adjudicative body shall accept any eviction case for filing, or
hear or decide any pending eviction case, except in cases of domestic or household
violence.
iii. Where an eviction is ordered due to domestic or household violence, all efforts
should be made to ensure the perpetrator, if facing homelessness, has access to
emergency accommodation.
Section II: Rental and Mortgage Payments in Formal
and Informal Sectors
1. Rent levels shall remain frozen for the duration of the Act.
2. Rental agreements, formal and informal, shall not be cancelled by lessors for the
duration of the Act.
3. No landlord or mortgagee shall impose or collect any fee upon a tenant of residential
premises based on the late or non-payment of rent or mortgage coming due within the
duration of the Act. Any such fee previously collected during the COVID-19 pandemic
shall be refunded.

06/27/2021

Decatur holds one of the cheapest housing markets in the U.S., with median home values at around $87,800, but that doesn’t mean its impoverished residents are living comfortably.

Local paper The Pantagraph says the city has a surplus of market-rate homes but falls short in offering subsidized housing and services.

Fair market rents go for around $500 to $600, the paper wrote in 2018, but that means a viable tenant would need to earn more than $30,000 a year. The city’s many minimum-wage workers are simply priced out.

06/26/2021

Auracle Homes, LLC v. Lamont: On June 16, 2020, a group of eight Connecticut landlords sued Governor Ned Lamont (D) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, seeking to block two executive orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order 7G, issued on March 19, suspends non-critical court operations. Executive Order 7X, issued on April 10, prohibits landlords from initiating new evictions through July 1, provides an automatic 60-day grace period for April rent (and a 60-day grace period for May rent upon request), and mandates that landlords allow tenants who paid a security deposit in excess of one month’s rent be allowed to use that excess amount toward April, May, or June rent. The landlords argue in their complaint that these executive orders "illegally deprived them of their constitutional right to private contract, right to due process of law, right to equal protection under the law, and right against having their property taken for public use without just compensation." Connecticut Attorney General William Tong defended the executive orders, stating they "have been very clearly constitutional and fully legally justified." The case was assigned to Judge Victor Allen Bolden.[51][52]

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Selected List of Major Housing andHousing-Related Laws“Age Discrimination Act of 1975,” P.L. 101-336.“AIDS Housing Oppor...
06/14/2021
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Selected List of Major Housing and
Housing-Related Laws
“Age Discrimination Act of 1975,” P.L. 101-336.
“AIDS Housing Opportunity Act” (Housing
Opportunities for Persons with AIDS), title VIII,
subtitle D of the “Cranston-Gonzalez National
Affordable Housing Act,” P.L. 101-625, 104 Stat.
4079.
“Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,” P.L.
110-325.
“American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009,” P.L. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115.
“Civil Rights Act of 1964,” P.L. 88-352, 78 Stat.
241.
“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
Act,” P.L. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281
“Fair Housing Act,” title VIII, “Civil Rights Act of
1968,” P.L. 90-284, 82 Stat. 81.
“Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing
Act,” P.L. 101-625, 104 Stat. 4079.
“Department of Housing and Urban Development
Act,” P.L. 89-117, 79 Stat. 667.
“Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act of 2010,” P.L. 111-203, 124 Stat.
1376.
“Emergency Low-Income Housing Preservation
Act of 1987” (ELIHPA), P.L. 100-242, 101 Stat.
1877.
“Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment
Act of 2010,” P.L. 111-374.
“HOME Investment Partnerships Act,” title II,
“Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing
Act,” P.L. 101-625, 104 Stat. 4079.
“Home Mortgage Disclosure Act,” P.L. 94-200, 89
Stat. 1125.
“Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid
Transition to Housing Act of 2009,” Division B.
“Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of
2009,” P.L. 111-222, 123 Stat. 1633.
“Housing Act of 1949,” P.L. 81-171, 63 Stat. 413.
“Housing Act of 1959,” P.L. 86-372, 73 Stat. 654.
“Housing and Community Development Act of
1974,” P.L. 93-383, 88 Stat. 633.
“Housing and Community Development Act of
1987,” P.L. 100-242, 101 Stat. 1815.
“Housing and Community Development Act of
1992,” P.L. 102-550, 106 Stat. 3672.
“Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008,”
P.L. 110-289, 122 Stat. 2654.
“Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965,”
P.L. 89-117, 79 Stat. 451.
“Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968,”
P.L. 90-448, 82 Stat. 476.
“Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of
1989,” P.L. 101-235, 103 Stat. 1987.
“Housing and Urban-Rural Recovery Act of 1983,”
P.L. 98-181, 97 Stat. 1153.
“Housing Opportunity Through Modernization
Act of 2016,” P.L. 114-201, 130 Stat. 782.
“Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act,” P.L.
91-695, 84 Stat. 2078.
“Low Income Housing Preservation and Resident
Homeownership Act of 1990,” P.L. 101-625, 104
Stat. 4249.
“Multifamily Assistance and Housing Reform and
Affordability Act of 1997,” P.L. 105-65, 111 Stat.
1384.
“Multifamily Housing Property Disposition
Reform Act of 1994,” P.L. 103-233, 108 Stat. 342.
“National Housing Act,” P.L. 73-479, 48 Stat.
1246.
National Housing Trust Fund, §1338 to the
“Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety
and Soundness Act of 1992,” P.L. 102-550,
as amended by §1131 of the “Housing and
Economic Recovery Act of 2008,” P.L. 110-289, 122 Stat. 2654.
“Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act,” Division
A, title VII, “Helping Families Save Their Homes
Act of 2009,” P.L. 111-22, 123 Stat. 1633.
“Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of
1998,” P.L. 105-276, 112 Stat. 2461.
“Rehabilitation Act of 1973,” P.L. 93-112, 87 Stat.
355.
Section 202 “Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Act of 2010,” P.L. 111-372, 124 Stat. 4077.
“Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act,” P.L. 100-707, 102 Stat. 4689.
“Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act,”
P.L. 100-77, 101 Stat. 482.
Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities,
Section 811, “Cranston-Gonzalez National
Affordable Housing Act,” P.L. 101-625, 104 Stat.
4079.
“Uniform Relocation Act,” P.L. 91-644, 84 Stat.
1895.
“United States Housing Act of 1937,” P.L. 75-412,
50 Stat. 888.
“Violence Against Women Act,” P.L. 109-162, 119
Stat. 2960.
“Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of
2013,” P.L. 113-4, 127 Stat. 54.
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hudprograms/keystatutes.

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Hi, my name is Julian Kern. I am the President of a tenant rights organization in Allentown, Pennsylvania called the Allentown Tenant Association. I created a Facebook group dedicated for tenant and renter rights advocates to collaborate and work together. Group is open to all tenant/renter rights groups, councils, associations, organizations, etc. The goal of the group is for fellow tenant/renter rights advocates to come together to collaborate and work together on tenant/renter rights and issues. The group is also for fellow tenant/renter rights advocates to ask each other questions or seek advice and build an alliance to fight for tenant/renter rights. I am sending this message as an invitation to the Facebook group and hope fellow tenant/renter rights advocates will join and collaborate with each other. I look forward to working with you and others advocates in the group. If you have any questions, please let me know. https://www.facebook.com/groups/947771265597443/
Hello, You need to expose Cuney Homes manager, Ms. Kimberly Thomas. She is putting me out and I am a mentally disabled man with no place to go, no transportation, and extremely poor. I did try to resolve issues with her & her staff, but they had unprofessionally refused to resolve them with me. Since 2017, we have been having shootings, higher crime rate ( one of her maintenance guys named Carlos Cruz was attacked and robbed around late November or early December 2018), and many residents are dealing with mold, mildew, rats, unrepair apartment issues, being victims of crime, and subjected to unprofessional behavior from her and some of her staff under her management. Even I have been a victim of crimes in this apartment complex. She works for Allied Orion Group which is an unprofessionally management. On Google reviews, this company have a 2.3 rating with a lot of complaints from residents in other properties. She and her staff also illegally increased my rent when my income decreased in August 2018 and we had to resolved it in February 2019 with her supervisor, Cynthia Fowler. They reimbursed me as well and I do have a fair housing complaint against her and the apartment management. In the past, I had mildew in both my apartments (105L & 105b) & her and other managers & past assistant managers did not right away to clean it a timely matter. In the beginning, they allowed me to get sick which is a violation because I had 3 asthma attacks ( 2 hospital visits, one at Memorial City Herman & another one at Ben Taub) in 2015 ( Lafayette Hodges was the manager, Patrice Potts-Green and Phyllis Strawder were the assistant managers ). They were very slow about this problem until I told one of the workers from Houston Housing Authority. They transferred me into another unit in the same 105 building. During Summer 2016, I had mildew in my den and bathroom ceiling. I was shocked and I asked Ms. Strawder to get somebody to clean it up and she was rude to me on the phone. She refused to get assistance for me, and she told me to clean it myself. Tammy Fair was the manager at that time. My lawyers from Legal Shield/Ross & Law Firm told that it was their job to clean it legally. From Summer 2016 to March/near April 2017, I was exposed to this mildew in my apartment unit (105 b). I had to buy herbs and vitamins such as black seed oil from health stores like Whole Foods to avoid asthma attacks since I was donating plasma. I had to get the City of Houston involved which forced them to clean the mildew in Spring 2017. Ms. Thomas became manager around that time. It seems that they painted over it in my bathroom because I have a bubble of dry paint in the ceiling and I have been smelling mildew. I have been spraying it with bleach on when I see yellowish stains. Houston Housing Authority is the main reason why we have a huge homeless problem and so please investigate them as well. Please investigate Ms. Thomas and her Cuney Homes staff allowing certain residents go without unpaid rent for couple of months. There was a tenant who violated the law and policy for years that stayed in the building (103). She was selling drugs and one of her daughters were committing crimes with her teen friends and violating the policy as well. While this woman was locked up, there is some factual statements about her daughter and her friends were causing problems on the property. Her children were unattended, and CPS could have intervened. Ms. Thomas was aware about this and it took this January to finally evict Ms. D****, her boyfriend, and kids out the unit with the police. It has been rumored that L.D. was allowed to not pay her rent without warnings of evictions especially when she was in jail. Also, Ms. Fair and Ms. Thomas allowed the housekeeping inspector named Freddy to be show unprofessional behavior on the property such as cursing residents and s*xually harassed female residents during his inspections. Freddy and Ms. Strawder have been recently terminated.
I have a question about moving out early if we are being transferred out of town/state for a job. I am unable to send a message. My question is: Is there a clause in leases in Texas that allow you to terminate your lease early if you are being transferred too far away from your current address for your job? There are two people that this applies to: 1) My husband is being transferred from Dallas to Phoenix for a new contract through his employer. 1,100 miles and we cannot afford two house payments. 2) Our roommate has a lease in Houston but is being relocated to Dallas permanently. We have tried reading through our lease and have gotten so confused on the around-about-phrasing they use. Thank you in advance for any assistance you are able to provide.
Hello. My husband and I are needing some guidance in regards to what we perceive as illegal entry by management at our current apartment complex and need some direction on where we can begin. Can anyone suggest a name/person on who we can contact for assistance? We are on very limited time but need to move fast as management has deemed it their right to enter our home without prior contact/notice and I was told I (wife) needed to leave immediately as I am not listed on the lease while she stood, refusing to leave, in our apartment. There is alot of information which led up to today's issues/steps and we really need help/direction so we know which steps need to be taken next. Thank you in advance! Have a great day, All!
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Okay, I don't live in Houston but I do live in texas and I am having problems with my landlord. I live in a small one bedroom apartment. I am on HUD. My best friend and her 3 kids live at the salvation army and have to be out of there every day so they hang out at my apartment most days until it is time to go back to the salvation army. They do not live here. They are only here during the day. My landlord has told me that they are not allowed to be here at all. That they cannot visit or anything and that he will trespass them if he finds out they are here. Keep in mind that they have been no problem. There has been no damage from them being here. I keep my apartment clean, I pay my portion of the rent and I stick to myself. Ha says that he is going to evict me because I refuse to let 3 small children be outside in the heat all day. Can he do that?