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About National Housing Law Project

National Housing Law Project's (NHLP) mission is to advance housing justice for poor people and communities. We achieve this by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities, and preserving and expanding the nation’s supply of safe and affordable homes. NHLP was founded in 1968 as part of the War on Poverty to serve as a support center for the newly created legal services agencies and to bolster their capacity on housing law. NHLP works at the crossroads of housing and community development advocacy, legal services for the poor, and civil rights. We carry the everyday experiences of the housing programs’ beneficiaries through these networks. Our work is grounded in the realities that shape poor people’s housing choices. Towards that end, we bring the grassroots perspective of our national network into policy conversations.

We believe in the fundamental right to housing and strive to expand access to housing and to preserve the rights of low-income tenants. Housing security is an essential component of racial and civil equality and a critical foundation for education, health, employment, social engagement, and opportunity. We provide communities and their advocates with the tools they need to advance those rights.

HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights (the “Green Book”) is NHLP’s signature publication. The Green Book is the quintessential guide to understanding HUD’s housing programs. The Green Book’s treasury of information is the product of over 50 years of legal experience specifically focused on HUD housing law, decades of successful high-impact litigation, and a deep understanding of intricate federal housing policy. In addition to the Green Book, NHLP publishes free manuals, toolkits, and guidebooks about federal and local housing issues.


The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) is the nation's consumer law expert. NCLC is a non-profit that since 1969 has been dedicated to helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers use powerful and complex consumer laws on behalf of low-income and vulnerable Americans seeking economic justice. The NCLC consumer law treatises were first published in 1982, and have been expanded and updated every year since then. There are now 20 consumer law treatises, many of which are well over 1000 print pages, not counting thousands of sample pleadings, practice aids and primary sources that are available online with the titles.

In March, 2015, NCLC moved online the full text of all 20 treatises, featuring advanced searching, fluid navigation, html format allowing easy reading on tablets and smart phones, live links, and full integration of the thousands of pleadings, primary sources, and practice aids. Each treatise is regularly updated and the online versions are capable of adding new developments almost immediately.

Readers can subscribe to individual titles or the complete 20 treatise set, and they can subscribe to the online version only, or opt for print and online where the subscription includes the current print edition and any print revision issued during the subscription period. Relevant pleadings, practice aids and primary sources are included online with each title’s subscription and a subscription to the whole set includes over 5000 such supplementary online materials.

The principal treatise authors are typically NCLC staff attorneys, often with more than 20 or even more than 40 years of consumer law expertise. In addition, scores of other practicing consumer law attorneys from every part of the country contribute to the titles. This makes each treatise a unique combination of comprehensive and definitive authority from the experts plus practical insights and practice tools from attorneys seeing real clients and handling real cases on a daily basis.

As a result, NCLC consumer law treatises are often referred to as the “bibles of consumer law,” both by consumer attorneys and those representing creditors and merchants.