PRRAC Update  

March 5, 2015    

 

 

Protecting housing choice:  We submitted comments on behalf of several successful housing mobility programs, protesting a poorly thought out HUD proposal to allow public housing agencies to limit the times of the month that Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher families may enter into new leases.  We pointed out that, based on the experience of housing mobility practitioners, this change would make it even harder for families to find available landlords in high opportunity neighborhoods.   

 

Progress on source-of-income discrimination:  The past two weeks saw the enactment of a new municipal ordinance barring Section 8 voucher discrimination in St. Louis (as part of a larger post-Ferguson effort to expand choices for voucher families outside of high poverty, segregated neighborhoods), and a comprehensive U.S. District Court decision in Texas upholding the Austin source of income discrimination law.  See our recently updated national listing of source of income discrimination laws here (and please let us know if we're not fully up to date on your state). 

 

"Increasing housing choices":  We participated in a very well attended Congressional briefing this week organized by tenant advocates and legal services lawyers from Chicago and other cities demanding greater transparency and tenant input into HUD's proposal to renew and extend "Moving to Work" agreements in over 30 public housing agencies. These " MTW" regulatory flexibility agreements permit the waiver of numerous tenant protections in federal housing statutes and regulations.  PRRAC Policy Counsel Megan Haberle spoke to the MTW statutory goal of "increasing housing choices," and the failure of many agencies to make progress in this area.  For more information on the tenant coalition's advocacy with HUD, click here.

 

SAVE THE DATE for the 6th National Conference on Assisted Housing Mobility, scheduled for Thursday, July 16, in Chicago Co-sponsored by PRRAC, the Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.   More details coming soon at www.housingmobility.org.

 

 

Other resources

 

Low Income Housing Tax Credit litigation:  Kudos to the Fort Worth Weekly for an excellent article on the two pending civil rights lawsuits against the State of Texas and the U.S. Department of the Treasury: "Banking on the Poor: A Dallas nonprofit's legal battles could change affordable housing programs nationwide"

 

 

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