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CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – September, 2017 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was surprised to receive a letter the other day addressed to me as school principal with the Connecticut Department of Corrections as the return address. I opened the letter and read that it was from...more

OIG asks: Are CPD programs available to undocumented immigrants?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Today, the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a bulletin indicating that it is unclear if undocumented immigrants have access to certain HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs – namely the Housing...more

RLUIPA Round-Up

What do tiny homes, marijuana, a sex club, the Satanic Temple, and yoga have in common? They each make an appearance in this installment of the RLUIPA Round-Up!...more

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

Baltimore’s Homeless Youth: The Cost of Eliminating the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Market

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) is one of the most important resources for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local...more

Squatting in mansions: The risk to residential as well as commercial premises

by Hogan Lovells on

Since the beginning of this year, the so called Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians has occupied a number of multimillion pound residential properties in and around Belgravia. Autonomous Nation’s cause is to...more

Donating hotel toiletries to poor schools or women’s shelters.

by Ross Fishman on

I left a three-day conference at a 5-star resort and packed up two nights’ worth of quality hotel soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel, shower caps, sewing kits, and pocket combs to bring home and donate to poor...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Appellate Court Overturns “Sham Guaranty” Defense - The single-purpose entity (SPE) has become a ubiquitous tool in commercial real estate acquisitions and financing in California. Lenders increasingly require...more

HUD Publishes HOTMA Initial Implementation Notice

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HUD has issued a Federal Register Notice offering initial implementation guidance for the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) (Pub. L. 114-201). The notice highlighted both the HOTMA provisions...more

Legal Update: U.S. Department of Education Guidance - Rights of Homeless Children and Youths under McKinney-Vento as Amended by...

by Barley Snyder on

Under McKinney-Vento, LEAs must ensure homeless children and youths have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education – including a public preschool education – as provided to other children and youths. U.S....more

DOE Issues Updated Guidance on Homeless Students

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Education recently issued three pieces of guidance, including detailed non-regulatory guidance, a student fact sheet, and a “Dear Colleague” letter, all of which address meeting the needs of homeless...more

The Olympics’ Secret Use of Eminent Domain

by Nossaman LLP on

It’s an exciting time with the Olympics taking place in Rio De Janeiro. But what takes place before the Olympics ever gets off the ground involves years of planning, lobbying, and infrastructure development. That...more

"In the Name of the Environment" Update - 13,946 Housing Units – and 200-bed Homeless Shelter – Targeted by Recent CEQA Lawsuits...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight's West Coast Land Use and Environment Practice Group has provided an update to its "In the Name of the Environment" report, detailing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuits that targeted housing...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green Buildings are good for the environment, occupants, and the bottom line - CBRE - Apr 14 - Green buildings are good for the environment—that is well known. But what benefits...more

Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of Soup Kitchen in Dispute with San Buenaventura, CA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a district court’s decision that Harbor Missionary Church’s (Church) religious exercise was not substantially burdened by the City of San Buenaventura’s denial of a...more

Connecticut Soup Kitchen to Remain Open Following Settlement

The City of Norwich, Connecticut has agreed to end a three-year legal battle to settle three separate federal lawsuits allowing St. Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich, Inc., a ministry of The Polish Roman Catholic Congregation...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Senate Proposes $2 Billion on Housing for Homeless - California state senators put forth a proposal on Jan. 4, 2016, to spend $2 billion to build or rehabilitate permanent housing for homeless people,...more

A Lesson in Judicial Ripeness: Homeless Shelter’s Suit Dismissed

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by New Life Evangelistic Center, Inc. against the City of St. Louis because New Life’s claims are not yet “ripe” for review. In order for a court to have jurisdiction to hear...more

What is Religious Exercise Under RLUIPA?

In last week’s, RLUIPA Round-Up we reported about the case Hale v. Federal Bureau of Prisons (D. CO 2015) in which the court found that the Church of the Creator – a white supremacist movement that advocates “total racial...more

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

by Akerman LLP on

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

Sharing Knowledge On Homelessness Across The Pond

by Baker Donelson on

We are so fortunate to have an integral role in legal help for the homeless in New Orleans. In addition to working closely with the Homeless Experience Legal Protection program of shelter legal clinics there, attorney Sherry...more

Insights from the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Our Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium successfully brought together a rich panorama of perspectives across the affordable housing industry. Laura Green Zeilinger, the Executive Director for the United States Interagency...more

Using the New Markets Tax Credit to combat chronic homelessness

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In 2011, USBCDC, one of the largest New Markets Tax Credit investors, used the credit to finance a facility for Blanchet House of Hospitality, a social services nonprofit that provides three-meals-per-day, clothing and...more

Ninth Circuit: Ordinance Criminalizing Living in Car Is Unconstitutionally Vague

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

If you eat, talk on the phone, and escape the rain in your car, are you using the car “as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwise?” What if you load up the car with personal belongings for a camping...more

Housing options for veterans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With Independence Day right around the corner and with several bond financings benefitting homeless veterans recently in the news (see Proposition 41 Bond Measure and Apartments for Homeless Veterans), it seemed fitting to...more

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