Our letter in support of the Emergency Housing Protection Act

The most marginalized families in Philadelphia will face long-term financial and social hardships through no fault of their own. It is imperative that this body act to protect its constituents and ensure housing stability to preserve the health and economic well-being of Philadelphia tenants.

Joint statement from Philadelphia legal service & tenant organizations in support of proposed eviction moratorium

If you are a leader of a legal services or tenant organization in Philadelphia who would like to add your organization as a signatory on this statement, contact George Donnelly at  March 12, 2020 — We fully support the resolution introduced today by Councilmember Gym calling for a moratorium on evictions.  While our organizations […]

Law Center submits Amicus Brief in support of Enhanced Voucher Tenants’ Right to Remain in their Homes

January 24, 2020 — If affordable housing developments supported by taxpayers are going to effectively serve low-income families, these families must not be forced out when the landlord’s contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) ends. Last month, Public Interest Law Center Attorneys, George Donnelly and Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg filed an amicus brief […]

Written testimony of Curtis Shiver supporting Right to Counsel legislation

On November 14, 2019, Philadelphia City Council passed legislation granting a right to counsel for low-income renters in eviction court, becoming the fifth city in the country to do so. Our former client, Curtis Shiver, who faced a retaliatory eviction, testified in favor of the bill.

We filed public comments opposing HUD’s proposed changes to the disparate impact standard

Proposed rules from the Trump administration’s department of Housing and Urban Development would gut crucial protections against seemingly neutral housing policies and practices that have discriminatory impacts or increase residential segregation. We submitted two public comments in opposition to this proposed rule change.

Comments in Response to HUD Proposed Rules Regarding Verification of Eligible Status

On July 9, 2019, the Public Interest Law Center submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) about its proposed rule changes regarding “verification of eligible status,” which would deny public housing assistance to tens of thousands of eligible children and their families – including those in the Philadelphia area. This proposed […]

Joint Statement From Brenda Harrison, Pelham Court LP, and Rushmore Management Regarding the Settlement of their Case

Brenda Harrison, Pelham Court LP, and Rushmore Management are pleased to announce the amicable resolution of the federal Fair Housing Act litigation between the parties, styled as Harrison v. Pelham Court, et al, No. 18-3431. As part of that settlement, Pelham Court and Rushmore Management have adopted written policies regarding compliance with applicable federal, state […]

City Council Testimony in Support of More Transparency for Corporate Property Owners

GEORGE DONNELLY’S PREPARED TESTIMONY BEFORE CITY COUNCIL NOVEMBER 28, 2018 – Good morning councilmembers, it is a privilege to testify here today. My name is George Donnelly and I am an attorney at the Public Interest Law Center. In my practice, I represent tenants fighting to assert their legal rights to safe, habitable housing. I’m […]

Law Center Attorney Files Affidavit Supporting HUD Suit

On May 8, a group of civil rights and fair housing groups sued the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its secretary Ben Carson, alleging that the department had illegally suspended a 2015 rule requiring cities to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) in their housing plans. The AFFH rule requires local governments […]

George Donnelly Testifies on Retaliatory Evictions

George Donnelly testified on the lack of a retaliatory eviction law in Pennsylvania.