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Housing Law Library

The following resource library was compiled to provide information to tenants, organizers and others on the laws, regulations and programs that impact tenants and rental housing. The resources here are primarily focused on federal programs, but we are planning to expand to state and local in the future. You can choose a category from the drop-down menu to filter these documents. 


CDC Eviction Moratorium Initial Analysis

Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, COVID-19, Subsidized Housing


January 2021 Immigration Requirements: Other Assistance Programs for Housing and Homelessness

Updated with COVID-19 specific funds, this is a technical overview document for legal and other advocates on the immigration status restrictions for eligibility of housing programs administered by FEMA, ESG, CDBG and the HOME program.

Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing, Subsidized Housing, COVID-19

National Consumer Law Center

Dealing with Debt Collection Harassments

Overview fact sheet, with examples and sample letters, for how to recognize and report illegal harassment and settlement scams from debt collectors.

Consumer Protection, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Debt Collection

National Consumer Law Center

Eviction Records Tenant, Screening and Credit Reports

Short overview with policy recommendations on the damaging and unequal impacts of current tenant screening practices both stemming from the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Credit Reports

Office of Financial Readiness

Truth in Lending Act

Short, public facing document outlining the disclosures of loan terms required to be presented to all borrowers under the Truth in Lending Act.

Consumer Protection, Lending Discrimination, Mortgages, Truth in Lending Act

Federal Trade Commission

Debt Collection FAQs

Overview toolkit on the rights consumers have to protect them from unethical and harassing debt collection practices under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act including new and old debt and how to report a violation.

Consumer Protection, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Debt Collection


Advocates' Guide to Adoption of Small Area Fair Market Rents

Short guide to local advocacy and implementation of SAFMR in jurisdictions not required, but allowed to use them. SAFRMR is the HUD demonstration program that narrows the geographic boundaries for setting housing assistance levels to more closely match local rent levels, often increasing assistance and opening up previously unavailable areas to voucher holders.

Subsidized Housing, Gentrification & Displacement, Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing


ERA Principles and Recommendations

Non-technical set of principles and priorities for the equitable distribution of Emergency Rental Assistance through the CARES Act and the Emergency Solutions Grant programs. The principles and priorities are broadly applicable to emergency rental assistance programs at the local, state and federal level.

COVID-19, Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, Subsidized Housing, Model Legislation & Regulation


Summer 2020 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Overview

Technical and legal overview manual for the Housing Choice Voucher(Section 8) program. Written for lawyers and advocates to familiarize themselves with the program’s purpose, definitions, regulations and procedures that apply federally and locally to better serve clients and members.

Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, Subsidized Housing

The Urban Institute, PRRAC

Expanding Choice: Practical Strategies for Building a Successful Housing Mobility Program

Extensive guide to understanding, designing, implementing and evaluating a housing mobility program to enable Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) participants more opportunity and support in moving to and staying in “higher opportunity” neighborhoods.

Subsidized Housing, Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing, Gentrification & Displacement

Thanks to National Housing Law Project, Urban Institute, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Alliance for Safe Housing, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Consumer Law Center and AHJ core partners Lawyers' Committee for Civil Right Under Law, Poverty and Race Research Action Council, PolicyLink, and Public Advocates for contributing documents to this library.


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