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. 

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PRRAC

Guidance for Successful Implementation of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Choice Mobility

Technical guide public housing agencies (PHAs) and project owners participating in the First Component of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) providing best practices to help ensure successful implementation of the “Choice-Mobility” option.

Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, Gentrification & Displacement, Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing, Subsidized Housing

NHLP

May 2020 HUD Multifamily Programs Overview

This outline provides a general overview of selected HUD Multifamily programs for legal and non-legal advocates, including: Project-based Section 8, Sections 202 (housing for the elderly) and 811 (housing for persons with disabilities), Section 236 multifamily rental housing, Section 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate (BMIR) housing, and HOME.

Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, Subsidized Housing

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, PRRAC

A Guide to Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs)

Comprehensive guide to the SAFMR program for advocates and local agencies on implementation, requirements and key issues involved in HUD’s demonstration program. 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

NHLP, NASH

Survivor Housing Protections Toolkit for Non-Legal Advocates

A comprehensive resource guide for non-legal professionals helping domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence survivors can access and stay in safe housing. This toolkit is intended to help advocates understand the basic housing rights of survivors and provide information to help survivors get assistance accessing their housing rights, provides overviews of laws that may apply and gives sample demand letters that advocates and survivors can use to advocate for their rights.

Subsidized Housing, Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights

NHLP

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

NHLP, PRRAC

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

PRRAC

Crafting a strong and effective source of income discrimination law

An overview of suggested campaign elements for implementing a strong source of income discrimination law, including messaging, tactics and enforcement provisions.

Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing, Subsidized Housing, Gentrification & Displacement, Model Legislation & Regulation

NHLP, PRRAC

Advocates' Guide to Successful Implementation of the mandatory Small Area FMR rule

Short guide to the local implementation and enforcement of SAFMR rule in jurisdictions required to implement it. 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.

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

NHLP

COVID-19 VAWA Housing Protections

Fact sheet/overview of Violence Against Women Act protections for tenants during the COVID-19 eviction moratoriums intended for housing and domestic violence advocates.

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

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.

 

If you have any questions, or if there is a topic not covered that you wish was, or a resource you think would be helpful, please let us know at info@allianceforhousingjustice.org.