Regional Housing Legal Services

2 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038-7615
215-572-7300 (phone)
215-572-0262 (fax)
http://rhls.org/
  • To create housing and economic opportunity in under-served communities in Pennsylvania and to effect systematic change for the benefit of lower-income households statewide by providing free legal services and technical assistance to community based organizations that develop affordable housing and engage in economic development activities that benefit low-income people; informing, training and supporting consumers, and those who serve consumers, on housing and utility issues; and engaging in policy analysis and promoting system innovations focused on critical housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization and utility.
  • Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) represents organizations that meet the following criteria: the organization has some lower income Board members; the project for which the organization seeks assistance will benefit lower income persons; and the group cannot afford private legal
    counsel.
    NOTE: RHLS does not represent individual clients.
  • A group seeking RHLS representation must send a letter on the organization’s letterhead describing its mission and the nature of services it needs.
  • Affordable housing: Single Family Homeownership (New Construction and Rehabilitation); Multi-Family Rental; SRO Housing; Emergency Housing; Section 202/811 Housing; Shared Housing; Limited Equity Cooperative; Transitional Housing; Mobile Home Parks; Tenant Management of Public Housing; LIHPRHA; Special Needs Housing; Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects; Historic Tax Credit Projects; Public Housing Restructuring; and Housing Choice Rent Subsidy Programs

    Economic development: Representation of “Affordable Lenders”; Start-Up Businesses; Section 3 Employment; Business Opportunities for Low Income People; Mixed Use Developments; Commercial Developments; Childcare Developments; Facilities Development; and Open Space and Recreation Development

    Other non-profit expertise: Entity Selection; Non-Profit Mergers and Acquisitions; IRS Tax Matters for Non-Profits; and Partnerships and Joint Ventures

    Project development: Assist non-profits to envision, structure, finance and operate projects; serve as in-house counsel for project duration; maximize resident project participation; and help maximize funding and/or # of units

    Policy analysis: Identify critical community development policy issues, and craft policy recommendations to maximize the preservation and production of affordable housing and facilitate more comprehensive community development
  • Mark Schwartz, Esq.
  • Rachel Blake, Esq., Associate Director; Dina Schlossberg, Esq., Deputy Director and Senior Attorney for Multifamily Housing
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