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.

Law Center Submits Brief in Support of an Appeal Involving Housing for Tenants with Enhanced Vouchers

The Law Center and a group of non-profit organizations concerned with low-income housing and tenants filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of an appeal to petition for a rehearing and seeks a reversal of a District Court judgment involving housing for tenants with enhanced vouchers. At stake are the rights of low-income people nationwide who hold enhanced vouchers to remain in their homes absent good cause to terminate them.

Improved Language Access Needed in Mortgage Marketplace

In July 2017 we signed onto comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in response to its Request for Input on Improving Language Access in Mortgage Lending and Servicing. Submitted by Americans for Financial Reform (AFR)’s Language Access Task Force, the comments focus on the need to improve language access in the mortgage marketplace […]

Philadelphia Makes Historic Investment to Aid Low-Income Renters

In partnership with our landlord-tenant clients, we are proud to have been part of the advocacy movement that successfully secured a $500,000 investment from the City of Philadelphia for lawyers for low-income renters.

Law Center Signs onto Letter to Dr. Ben Carson

The Law Center signed onto a letter from the Philadelphia Association of CDCs (PACDC) to Dr. Ben Carson, written in light of his nomination to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Fair Housing Plan Fails to Focus on Underrepresentation of Latinos

On October 4, 2016, staff attorney Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg composed a letter expressing concerns surrounding the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) joint assessment of the Fair Housing plan. The plan produced was done so under obligation to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH).