In fall 2017, PRRAC joined other civil rights organizations (NAACP LDF, Relman Dane and Colfax, Lawyers' Committee, and Public Citizen) in filing an Administrative Procedure Act suit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) challenging its decision to suspend a 2016 rule change that would have helped low-income families with Housing Choice Vouchers move to … [Read more...] about OCA v. Carson and Small-Area Fair Market Rents
PRRAC in the Courts
Most of PRRAC’s advocacy is at the federal and state executive branch level – working to implement civil rights mandates in housing, education, and environmental justice. We have also been occasionally involved in litigation, as amici curiae in a number of key Supreme Court and appellate cases, sometimes convening or working with expert witnesses, and on one occasion participating as a plaintiff (as part of the coalition that brought a challenge to Maryland’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program). More recently, in response to the unlawful suspension of important civil rights rules that PRRAC worked so hard to secure during the Obama administration, we have joined as co-counsel in two direct litigation challenges to HUD’s authority, Open Communities Alliance et al v. Carson and National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Carson (see below).
See PDF. download pdf (N.D. Cal. 2017 … [Read more...] about Amicus Brief in City of Oakland v. Wells Fargo
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Fair Housing Act's disparate impact standard in Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs reaffirmed 40 years of settled precedent under the Fair Housing Act. The disparate impact standard is a core mechanism through which housing rights are protected and structural discrimination can be … [Read more...] about ICP v. Texas Amicus Briefs
Over the years, we have joined our civil rights partners in raising key perspectives on civil rights issues before the courts. Amicus brief in City of Minneapolis v Fletcher Properties (Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2018) (Source of Income Discrimination) Amicus Brief in City of Oakland v. Wells Fargo (proximate cause under the Fair Housing Act, N.D. Cal. 2017) Amicus … [Read more...] about Other Civil and Human Rights Amicus Briefs
Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs, 2010 WL 3766714 (N.D. Tex. 2010) ICP filed suit against Texas’ state housing finance agency for perpetuating racial segregation in Dallas and other large urban areas through their administration of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. ICP alleges that the defendant has disproportionately … [Read more...] about Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs, 2010 WL 3766714 (N.D. Tex. 2010)