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Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces $10 million in Grants for Choice Neighborhoods, Which Now Covers...

Today’s publication of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) marks a key milestone in both the White House’s ConnectHome and Broadband Opportunities...more

Inclusive Communities And Disparate Impact Under The Fair Housing Act

In its recent Inclusive Communities decision the Supreme Court held (5-4) that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. The authors discuss disparate impact prior to the case, HUD’s disparate impact...more

Affordable Housing Permit Revoked by Massachusetts Appeals Court

In a recent ruling sure to embolden municipalities seeking to block affordable housing projects, the Massachusetts Appeals Court revoked the approval of a Comprehensive Permit issued under the Anti-Snob Zoning Act, G.L....more

HUD Proposes to "Formalize" Definitions of Harassment and Expand Fair Housing Act Liability

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a proposed rule that aims to "formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving alleged harassment on the basis of race, color,...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11/6/2015

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Pulp and Paper Industry Summit on November 17 - “These are not your grandfather’s paper...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, October 2015

At its October 27, 2015, meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create a new dedicated Affordable Housing Program budget unit and approved setting aside $100 million for the creation and operation of both...more

Department of Labor Reissues Rules on Fiduciaries Investing in “Economically Targeted Investments”

The Department of Labor (DOL) has clarified the fiduciary implications of an employee benefit plan investing in so-called “socially responsible investments,” sometimes referred to as “impact investments” or “economically...more

Fannie Mae Announces New Tools for Lenders

On October 19, Fannie Mae announced four changes: (i) the availability of trended credit data, which may allow a more thorough analysis of borrowers’ credit history; (ii) the availability of nontraditional credit history in...more

FHFA Finalizes House Price Index Measure for Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

On October 19, 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a Final Notice indicating that it will continue to use “expanded-data” House Price Index when establishing Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s maximum conforming loan...more

New York City Defends its Community Preference Policy

Introduction - On October 2, 2015, the City of New York moved to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the City of unlawfully perpetuating racial segregation in the housing industry. See Janell Winfield, et al. v. City of New...more

$175 Million in State Subsidy Made Available in Florida FY 2015-2016 Budget for Affordable Housing

Recently, the State of Florida passed the FY 2015-2016 budget which contained an appropriation of $175 million for the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund. This budget line item provides affordable housing developers with additional...more

HUD Charges Colorado Landlords with Violations of the Fair Housing Act

On October 7, HUD announced a September 24 Charge of Discrimination against a group of Colorado landlords for allegedly “steering” families with children to apartments located at the rear end of the apartment building, an...more

Chicago City Council approves changes to Transit Oriented Development

The City of Chicago City Council voted on Thursday, Sept. 25 to approve a revised Transit Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance. The revised TOD ordinance expands the boundaries of eligible properties and allows the...more

Fair Lending Director Ficklin Discusses Small Business Lending, LGBT issues, LEP consumers and Inclusive Communities at ABA...

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of teaching a class on payments and banking products to new lawyers at the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Institute. I arrived early for the class and got to hear a...more

Tear Down This Wall! Botched Demolition and Apartment Conditions Lead to RLUIPA Dispute

On September 24, Rock Church of Easton (Rock Church) filed an “Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and /or Preliminary Injunction” against the City of Easton, Pennsylvania (the City or Easton) and its Bureau of...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Disparate-Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act

In a recent holding, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may be premised on "disparate impact," meaning that a plaintiff may challenge a practice even if it was not...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Price of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen to 5¢/kWh on average: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Sep 30: Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released...more

New report offers toolkit for inclusionary housing programs

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recently released “Inclusionary Housing: Creating and Maintaining Equitable Communities,” a new report on the use of government policies that tie the creation of affordable housing to...more

Seattle Considers Development of Sharia-Compliant Financing

As the United States continues to become increasingly diverse with residents from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths, financial institutions are working to find ways to provide both consumer and commercial...more

Governor Signs AB2 Allowing for a New Tool to Combat Blight in Disadvantaged Communities

After rejecting earlier attempts to revive redevelopment, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2 on September 22, 2015, creating a new process to allow local governments to address blight in economically disadvantaged...more

Governor Signs AB2 Which Will Allow the Creation of Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities

On September 22, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2, which will allow local governments to create Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities (CRIAs) -- a step some say is the rebirth of redevelopment. ...more

Is it the End of the Story for Redevelopment in California?

Long, long ago (in 2012 to be exact) in a land not so far away (also known as California), legislation which allowed local governments to establish redevelopment agencies tasked with eliminating blight through the...more

Banks Get Big Win in Challenge to New York Ordinance

Many big cities in the United States responded to the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis by passing local laws which pressure banks to invest more in low-income neighborhoods. Between 2010 and 2013, cities such as New...more

FHFA Issues Update on the Common Securitization Platform

On September 15, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released An Update on the Common Securitization Platform. The Update includes details on the organizational structure of Common Securitization Solutions, LLC, the joint...more

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