Asserting the rights of tenants and breaking down barriers to access
Housing Justice is about the rights of people to have safe, stable, affordable places to call home in communities of all types. Where barriers exist that prevent people from accessing affordable housing, HJC works with our partners to break down barriers through legal advocacy and policy advocacy.
We do this by:
- pursuing anti-displacement policies
- engaging in fair housing impact litigation
- researching the barrier to access and how to eliminate them
- challenging illegal rent increases and other violations of federal programs
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Our Work in this Area
HPP Report Prompts HUD To Correct Rent Overcharges Across Country
As a result of representing a tenant group in Texas (Crowder v. HUD), HPP uncovered a serious flaw in HUD's administration of Section 8 properties across the country. In short, HUD's failure to instruct all Section 8 administrators on the need to regularly...
HPP wins first round in challenge to bank shortcuts on home foreclosures
As millions of homeowners across the country struggle to save their homes from foreclosure, attention has increasingly turned to the sloppy practices of banks initiating these foreclosures. In some cases homeowners are fighting back with their own lawsuits to...
HPP Settles Lawsuit, Preserving 5 Projects & 131 Units of Rural Rental Housing
HPP recently settled a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Minnesota which will ensure that five apartment buildings in the Willmar / Alexandria area will remain affordable indefinitely. What's most remarkable is that these projects could be saved after the owners...
Court Settlement Leads to Christmas Bonus for Hard Pressed Tenants
Once tenants receive highly sought after Section 8 vouchers, they are usually thrilled, because it means they can count on a rent payment that won't exceed 30% of their income. Tenants in Douglas County, Minnesota (Alexandria area) received a rude shock this...
Appeals Court Rules for Tenants in Preservation Case
In September 2010, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals handed tenants a major victory in their fight to preserve the affordability of their apartments. HPP had a hand in the effort by filing an amicus brief on behalf of the tenants. In 2006,...
HPP Works To Update Utility Allowances, Compensate Tenants
Tenants in the Village of Kaufman HUD subsidized development in Texas have been financially shortchanged for years. HPP is working to correct that, and also to determine if this is a larger problem across the country. Tenants in project-based Section 8 rental housing...