Housing Advocacy

Law Center Signs onto Letter to Dr. Ben Carson

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Fair Housing Plan Fails to Focus on Underrepresentation of Latinos

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Class Action Suit Against Private Mortgage Transfers

This case, brought by the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, challenges the banking industry’s system of privately transferring mortgages. The industry has circumvented millions of dollars in fees owed to the state of Pennsylvania by using a private recording system known as Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. or MERS. In addition to hiding information that should be public, banks are systemically underfunding important services for people living in poverty. A significant portion of the avoided fees would go to support civil legal aid and affordable housing.  We are representing local legal service and housing groups in filing amicus briefs.  Read more

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs V. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

We are included as parties on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting the use of a disparate impact standard of proof in a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case.  Read more

Law Center Opposes Discriminatory Zoning Proposals Before City Council

On September 14th, Law Center attorney Michael Churchill testified before Philadelphia City Council in opposition to proposed zoning changes that would ban group homes for people with disabilities from residential areas and would ban methadone clinics from areas in which other medical treatment facilities are allowed to operate. Read more