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The Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) is a nationwide non-profit member organization whose mission is to serve as a legal resource to public housing and redevelopment agencies, their developers and legal counsel.


Conferences and Training


HDLI's 2017
Fall Legal Conference

October 28, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

Room 320/321 of the
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

HDLI's 2017 Fall Legal Conference will be held on Saturday, October 28 in Pittsburgh, PA as part of the NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition.

Attorneys in all states can receive up to 6 CLE credits!

This year's topics will included:

  •  Stay Out of Hot Water! - Key Strategies for Commissioners and Executive Directors to Avoid Personal Liability

  •  How Far Should Your No-Smoking Policies Go? - Strategies to Address Enforcement, Marijuana, E-Cigarettes, Reasonable Accommodations, and More

  •  Navigating VAWA Challenges - Strategies to Address the Repeat Abuser, Victim Protection, Victim Fraud, Notice and Operations, and More

  •  Navigating Today's World of Mixed Finance - Legal Strategies for Funding and Development

  •  Review of Recent Case Law Affecting Affordable and Public Housing

  •  HDLI Open Forum - Attendees Bring Questions of Interest to the Group for Discussion

Register Here for HDLI's 2017 Fall Legal Conference

HDLI On-Site Training

is available to conduct personalized Fair Housing Training on-site at your agency. Fair Housing Training is also available for private companies.

Sample agendas for half-day fair housing training as well as full-day training are available here.  HDLI customizes the training agenda for each agency based on their needs.

HDLI is also available to conduct on-site "One Strike" Evictions Training as well as on-site Grievance Training.

HDLI's on-site trainings are conducted by our CEO and General Counsel, Lisa L. Walker.

Fair Housing Training Clients:
(As of October 2017)

Ms. Walker has successfully trained more than 4,500 front-line, maintenance, managerial, executive, and legal staff of housing agencies and housing developers of all sizes, including The CT Group, (D.C.), Dwayne Henson Investments, Inc. (TX), KG Residential, LLC (TX), HFI Management Company (TX), LBK Limited (TX), Dallas Housing Authority (TX), Houston Housing Authority (TX), Fort Worth Housing Authority (TX), Abilene Housing Authority (TX), Candletree Apartments (TX), Denton Housing Authority (TX), Integrated Housing Solutions LLC (TX), Monarch Properties (TX), Orion Residential Properties (TX), Overton Park Townhomes (TX), Pace Realty (TX), Tarrant County Housing Assistance (TX), Seattle Housing Authority (WA), Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (CA), Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (CA), Housing Authority of the County of Ventura (CA), Housing Authority of the City of Ventura (CA), Housing Authority of the City of Oxnard (CA), Orlando Housing Authority (FL), Tampa Housing Authority (FL), Sanford Housing Authority (FL), Pinellas County Housing Authority (FL), Punta Gorda Housing Authority (FL), Seminole County Housing Authority (FL), Winter Park Housing Authority (FL), CF Lane, LLC (FL), Owensboro Housing Authority (KY), Bowling Green Housing Authority (KY), Beaver Dam Housing Authority (KY), Housing Authority of Henderson (KY), Housing Authority of Madisonville (KY), Charleston Housing Authority (SC), Newark Housing Authority (NJ), Syracuse Housing Authority (NY), North Bend City/Coos-Curry County Housing Authorities (OR), Henry County Housing Authority (IL), Richland County Housing Authority (IL), St. Mary's County Housing Authority (MD), Harrisburg Housing Authority (PA), Altoona Housing Authority (PA), Denver Housing Authority (CO), Cambridge Housing Authority (MA), Housing Authority of New Orleans (LA), St. Bernard Parish Government (LA), Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership (CT), Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (OH), Warner Robins Housing Authority (GA), Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority (VA), Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (VA), Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA-nationwide), NYSPHADA, Pacific Northwest Regional Council, and states of Michigan (MI), Indiana (IN), and Nebraska (NE) affiliates of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).  Ms. Walker also has a broad knowledge of federally-assisted public and affordable housing programs, applicable federal regulations (such as those implemented by HUD and the Justice Department), and the fair housing obligations implicit therein. Ms. Walker is certified as a fair housing trainer by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

HDLI's Online Fair Housing Training

2017 Spring Conference
Written Materials Available

held its 2017 Spring Legal Conference on May 11 & 12, 2017 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  The conference written materials are available for purchase.  The topics covered included:

  •  The State of Housing Initiatives Under the New Trump Administration - HOTMA, MTW, Section 8, Immigration, and More

  •  How Recent HUD Guidance on Criminal Records & Histories Affects Your Admissions, Terminations, and Grievance Decisions - Challenges and Best Practices

  •  How to Handle Sex Offenders Living in Assisted Housing - Differences Between Recent HUD Guidance and Trending Court Decisions

  •  Front Burner Fair Housing Issues - Legal Treatment of Transgendered Persons & Gender Indentity, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, National Origin and Disparate Impact Liability

  •  Labor and Employment Law Issues for 2017 - Employee v. Independent Contractor, Exempt v. Nonexempt positions, Sick Leave, Minimum Wage and Overtime, and More

  •  New Developments With RAD - Current Strategies and News

  •  Annual Review of Case Law Affecting Public Housing and Redevelopment Agencies

Order the Conference Written Materials Here


Contact HDLI by telephone (202) 289-3400 or e-mail hdli@hdli.org for more information about upcoming CLE conferences and trainings.

Housing and Development Law Institute; 630 Eye Street, NW; Washington, D.C., 20001-3736; Phone: 202-289-3400; Fax 202-289-3401 E-mail: hdli@hdli.org