Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
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Fair Housing News
California passes statewide renter protection laws
Two important bills were passed in California – AB1482 and SB329. AB1482 codifies two important protections for tenants – limiting rent increases to 5% (plus inflation) annually and mandating just cause evictions. SB329 allows people with Section 8 housing vouchers to have a chance at finding a place to live in the city of their choice – this law says that landlords cannot discriminate against voucher holders during the application process.
Housing rights advocates have been pushing for local protections for a long time, and are celebrating this state-wide victory for Californian residents. In the jurisdictions we serve (the counties of Marin, Solano, and Sonoma), several cities led the way to pass similar protections. Now, we are grateful that Californians can feel more secure in their communities beginning in January 2020
FHANC submits comment to HUD in opposition to proposed rule
In October, FHANC submitted a comment letter to HUD advocating in favor of the current disparate impact rule over the draft rule that HUD is now proposing. We joined a movement in which national and local agencies submitted as many comment letters to HUD as possible. We held a staff comment party, sent out numerous emails, and launched social media outreach campaigns. Together, about 45,000 comments were submitted to HUD, most of which were opposed to the changes proposed to the rule.
The disparate impact rule has been widely recognized as a crucial civil rights tool, and fair housing advocates use this important tool to address systemic discrimination. Civil rights advocates have successfully used the disparate impact rule in court to advocate on behalf of people of color, families with children, people with disabilities, and other protected classes. HUD’s proposed rule would make it harder for victims to prove that they were harmed by discriminatory policies and practices, and make it even easier for banks, lenders, and insurance companies to commit fair housing violations.
To read the full letter, visit our In the News page here.
Events & Workshops
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California offers workshops and seminars for tenants, prospective buyers, distressed homeowners, and housing industry professionals.
December 7 - Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
December 11 - Introduction to Homebuying and Affordable Homeownership Programs
December 18 - Spanish Pre-purchase Certification Workshop
January 23 - Fair Housing Academy for Housing Providers (coming soon)
February 20 - Reasonable Accommodations Conference (coming soon)
For details and to register, use the link below:
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View 2019 Conference Videos, Photos, and Presentations
Please use the link below to view the conference's program, photos, videos, and keynote speakers' presentations.
Understanding Housing Segregation: Tools to Advance Access and Opportunity
Thank you to everyone — attendees and presenters — for making the 2019 Housing Conference such a success!