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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. 



Helping consumers spot credit discrimination

Fact sheet and FAQ for advocates and counselors on how to help people identify and report credit discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

Consumer Protection, Lending Discrimination, Equal Credit Opportunity Act


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

National Consumer Law Center

Disputing Errors in a Credit Report

Overview fact sheet with instructions on how to report errors on an individual's credit report written for the public.

Consumer Protection, Credit Reports, Fair Credit Reporting Act


Immigration Restrictions in Federal Rental Assistance Programs

Overview document with grid that lays out what rental assistance programs do and do not exclude undocumented immigrants and others under the the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA).

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


May 2020 LIHTC Overview

This outline provides a detailed overview of the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program for legal and non-legal advocates.

Subsidized Housing, Eviction Defense & Tenants' Rights, Housing Development & Construction

Federal Trade Commission

Mortgage Discrimination

Overview manual for the public outlining the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act provisions that protect consumers applying for and completing a mortgage loan.

Consumer Protection, Lending Discrimination, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing

Federal Trade Commission

Credit Discrimination

Public facing toolkit for navigating consumers’ rights under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, how to report abuse and a section on how to build up a healthy credit report. Applies to virtually all types of credit extended.

Consumer Protection, Lending Discrimination, Equal Credit Opportunity Act


July 2020 Immigration Requirements: Other Assistance Programs for Housing and Homelessness

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.

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


Assessment of Fair Housing Overview

Non-technical overview of the local Assessment of Fair Housing process requirements under the rules governing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision of the Fair Housing Act. NOTE: Updated rules are expected to be released for comment by HUD in 2022.

Housing Discrimination & Fair Housing, Subsidized Housing, Community Development & Land Use, Gentrification & Displacement, Housing Development & Construction


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

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