Posted by Kristina Petronko, NPLS Staff Attorney and Marybeth Saporita, NPLS Paralegal on June 12, 2014
While many people understand the overall premise of the Fair Housing Act, some people are surprised by what specific actions are considered discriminatory. You may know that national origin is a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, but you may not be aware of the various ways in which discrimination occurs. For example, not many people realize that treating a tenant differently because of the smell of the food they cook is a violation of the Fair Housing Act.
Paul Ryan speaks to our need to develop a “civil society” and to “resuscitate our culture” as a way of reducing reliance on the government to fix urban blight. He urges people to take action when they have driven past a blighted area on their way to a sporting event at a downtown venue. Of course, he doesn’t give an example of how that blight is to be remedied, other than perhaps giving to a “religious charity” or “whatever.”
Since 2009, homeowners facing foreclosure or seeking relief from predatory loans have attempted to navigate the Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP), dealing with their lender or servicer to seek a modified loan when possible. On February 14, 2014, The New York Times reported that complaints by homeowners were on the rise, citing miscalculated fees, wrongful evictions and more shoddy paperwork by mortgage servicers, such as Nationstar and Ocwen. Silver-Greenberg, Jessica and Corkery, Michael.
The Mid-America Pension Rights Project provides free help to people with issues such as appeal benefit denials and correct miscalculation, locating retirement benefits from former employers, and obtaining and explaining complex retirement plan documents. For help, visit www.pensionhelp.org/Mid-America.
From left, Ryan Conrad, CEO of the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors; Jane Vincent, HUD Regional Administrator for Region III; and Victoria Coyle, executive director of North Penn Legal Services, helped organize the Fair Housing Summit in Allentown.
Realtors, community leaders, housing professionals and the public had the opportunity to learn about fair housing laws at the upcoming Lehigh Valley Fair Housing Summit. The event, which took place on April 24 at the Holiday Inn Allentown, 904 W. Hamilton St., featured experts who discussed their experiences with fair housing laws. The summit was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors and North Penn Legal Services of Bethlehem.