Evicted for Calling 911? How Advocates Can Fight Back.

A domestic violence survivor comes to you with an eviction notice. The reason? Multiple 911 calls. In other words, the survivor suffered abuse at home and called for help. How do you make sure they aren’t improperly evicted?

If your client lives in a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) property, there are protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but enforcement isn’t always automatic. This post teaches you: 1) how to identify LIHTC units; 2) the VAWA rights for persons in LIHTC units; and 3) first steps to take if you are seeing a systemic problem. Continue reading “Evicted for Calling 911? How Advocates Can Fight Back.”

Jack Stucker, RHLS Staff Attorney, Moves on to New Opportunities


Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) Staff Attorney, Jack Stucker, will be leaving RHLS to bring his expertise to the Delaware State Housing Authority. His last day at is Friday, May 5th.

Jack began working at RHLS as a law student in his last year at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He first learned of RHLS while working at Community Legal Services’ Housing Unit. During his final semester, he learned that he was awarded a Fellowship position through the Independence Foundation’s Public Interest Law Fellowship program. When his fellowship concluded, Jack became a full-time staff attorney. Continue reading “Jack Stucker, RHLS Staff Attorney, Moves on to New Opportunities”

For Housing Developers: FHLBank Pittsburgh 2017 Affordable Housing Programs Forms Now Available

RHLS housing development clients often receive funding for their projects from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. In preparation for the application period, the following resources are available for applicants and have been shared from the bank‘s website:

The 2017 funding round of the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will open on Tuesday, June 6, with approximately $23 million in available funding.
All 2017 forms, guides, and application attachments are currently available on the Bank’s website. Forms may be downloaded and completed now in preparation for upload to the system when it opens on June 6.

AHP webinars available:
AHP 101 Webinar – Detailed webinar focusing on the AHP process, including key scoring and feasibility issues, how to apply, key dates and other important information regarding the 2017 funding round.
Community Stability Webinar – Mini-webinar providing tips for the community stability scoring section of the AHP application.
AHP Member Webinar – FHLBank-member-specific webinar that primarily focuses on issues relevant to participating members, covering AHP basics and the specific role and responsibilities members have in the application process and beyond.
Want to get involved but need a partner? Members and project sponsors looking for a member/sponsor partner for this year’s AHP round can receive matching help through the “Matching Request” tab in the request form.
As a reminder, 2017 AHP applications are due on Thursday, Aug. 10. The awarded projects will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 14. Early application planning will help your application be more competitive for funding!
AHP is one of the Bank’s community dividends – community grant and financing products, funded by Bank cooperative activity, that are available as a benefit to member institutions. If you have questions about the AHP program or webinars, please contact Megan Krider at 800-288-3400, ext. 4577, or megan.krider@fhlb-pgh.com.