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The Government Shutdown

Has the Government Shutdown affected the Tennessee Fair Housing Council? This is a question we have been asked a lot recently. The answer is emphatically YES!
Since 2016, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has experienced alleged difficulties that have created 4 and 6 week gaps in funding. 2018 was the last year of our 3-year grant cycle and the Council submitted a timely grant proposal on Dec. 19, 2018... Two days before the shutdown.

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MDHA Accepting Pre-Screening Forms for Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program

September 6, 2017

MDHA Accepting Pre-Screening Forms for Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program
Davidson County Owner-Occupied Houses

MDHA to open Section 8 Voucher waiting list

September 5, 2017

Applications to Open for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
MDHA Accepting Online Only Applications From Noon Sept. 13 Until 3 p.m. Sept. 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency will open applications for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list from noon Sept. 13 until 3 p.m. Sept. 19, 2017.

But Don't I Have a Right to an Attorney?

Unlike in criminal proceedings, where defendants have a constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel, not all litigants in all civil proceedings have a right to counsel.

Instead the U.S. Supreme Court found a “presumption that an indigent litigant [in a civil proceeding] has a right to appointed counsel only when, if he loses, he may be deprived of his physical liberty.” In spite of this presumption, the due process clause “does not always require the provision of counsel in civil proceedings where incarceration is threatened,” such as civil contempt proceedings.

Holding HUD Accountable

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Raw sewage on the ground, stairs in disrepair, and boarded up windows are just a few of the 140 code violations Henrico County issued to the Essex Village apartment complex back in November of 2016.

Deputy County Manager Doug Middleton told CBS 6 Problem Solver investigator Melissa Hipolit "it's not a place anybody should live," after issuing the violations.

But, the Section 8 complex had previously received a decent inspection score from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): a 75b out of 100.


NASHVILLE -- The Chestnut Bend Home Owners Association (CBHOA) in Franklin, Tenn., has settled a federal lawsuit filed against it in early 2012 for $156,000.

The Plaintiffs, Charles and Melanie Hollis and their youngest two children, both of whom have Down Syndrome, filed the suit on Feb. 2, 2012, with Larry Crain of Crain, Schuette & Associates, a Brentwood law firm, and Tracey McCartney, Executive Director of the Tennessee Fair Housing Council, representing them. Meagan Dolleris, the Council’s staff attorney, also assisted in the litigation.

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