VISTA’s win HUD Region V Affirmation of Right to Organize

The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP), a collaboration between HUD, NAHT, and Equal Justice Works, wins a right to organize affirmation from the HUD Region V office. The Midwest HUD office has issued a letter to multifamily project owners and managers clarifying what activities tenants and organizer must be allowed to carry out.

Tenants attempting to pursue their legal right to organize are frequently threatened, intimidated, or hindered. This letter should help create a less hostile environment in the fight to save our homes.

Congratulations to our tenants and VISTA’s!

You can find the letter here: VAHPP Notice letter HUD

NAHT Advocates for Anti-Bullying Rule

 

Harassment is a serious problem for too many tenants. We need more protections to allow us to feel safe in our homes.

HUD’s proposed rule on harassment and liability for protected classes under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) is a strong step in the right direction. The proposed rule is thoughtful, thorough, and moving in its forthright affirmation of people’s homes as a sanctuary for privacy, personal freedom, security and safety.  It clearly declares that all protected classes under the FHA should be protected from broad, inclusive definitions of harassment which may be perpetrated against people because of their membership in one or more protected class.

In particular, we applaud HUD for clarifying in the proposed rule that third party providers (such as owner and their management agents) are directly liable for failing to “take prompt action to correct and end” harassment or any other unlawful discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

Protected classes include women, people of color, people with disabilities, national origin, and people with families. One notable exception is age, which is an unfortunate gap in the federal law and not something HUD can alter.

Overall, NAHT supports the proposed rule, and endorses the recommendations filed by the National Housing Law Project, which suggests that the rule could be strengthened by highlighting, in the Preamble, additional examples of potentially harassing, unwelcome conduct that could give rise to FHA liability.

You can read our comments here, including our suggests for strengthening the preamble.

 

URGENT! ACT NOW to tell Congress to pass “clean” appropriations bills and prevent a government shutdown!

CampaignMiscImage_1448930975.9656Tea Party forces continue to push hard for destructive policy “riders” to ban Syrian refugees; defund Planned Parenthood and Obamacare; repeal environmental and labor protections; gut campaign finance laws and weaken financial reform.

Housing “riders” have also been proposed to repeal Fair Housing protections and to abruptly terminate Section 8 contracts in “substandard” housing–potentially throwing thousands out of their homes.

THANK YOU if you are one of the thousands who have sent YOUR message to Congress! If you have, there’s time to send another one NOW!

If you haven’t done so yet, click here http://p2a.co/naht to send an email to your Members of Congress, urging “clean” appropriations bills. Then forward your message to your Facebook page and friends.

ACT NOW to tell Congress to pass “clean” appropriations bills and prevent a government shutdown!

NAHT Board Holding an Emergency Meeting with HUD over Museum Square

Photo courtesy of WUSA.com.

Photo courtesy of WUSA9.com.

The NAHT Board will be meeting on Friday, October 2, 2015 with senior HUD officials including Milan Ozdinec, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing and Voucher Programs. Ozdinec is the point person at HUD for the Museum Square crisis.

During the meeting, NAHT will push for the the recognition of enhanced vouchers, the Right to Organize and the Right to Remain.

Washington, DC’s Channel 9 report on the Museum Square Rally. Click the link below.

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/dc/2015/09/30/chinatown-apartment-residents-fight-planned-demolition/73126444/

Background on the Fight to Save Museum Square

WAMU, the local NPR affiliate in Washington, DC, has put together a helpful “Explainer” that outlines the history and issues surrounding the ongoing battle over Museum Square. The online article can be found at:

http://wamu.org/news/15/09/29/museum_square_and_the_fight_for_affordable_housing_in_dc_an_explainer

Museum Square Tenants Rally To Save Their Homes on September 30, 2015

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Washington Post coverage of yesterday’s Museum Square rally organized by NAHT, CAPACD, APALA and other partners. NAHT’s Board joined the rally and march in support of the Museum Square Tenants Organization, a NAHT member.
Pictured in the photo are tenant leader Jenny Tang and her daughter Jasmine, age 9. Click the link below to read the story.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/despite-losing-hud-subsidy-residents-of-chinatown-building-wont-be-evicted/2015/09/30/1bd02f38-67a4-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

NAHT Discusses Efforts to Save Museum Square on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Museum Square, Google

Museum Square, Google Street View

NAHT’s Rachel Johnson appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 with Museum Square tenant Jenny Tang and organizer Sam Jewler. The audio of the program is now available. Click the link below to listen.

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2015-09-29/the-fight-for-affordable-housing-in-d-c-s-chinatown?

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