Housing Authority

With years of experience representing housing authorities and other governmental entities, Clark Hill attorneys have an excellent understanding of the local, state, and federal laws and regulations that affect their daily operations. 

Everyone deserves a place to call home, and we strongly support the mission of housing authorities as they offer affordable, quality housing along with access to supportive resources across the country.

Our wealth of experience working with government entities provides us with an established and thorough understanding of the issues facing housing authorities, enabling us to move quickly in meeting objectives.

Our clients have included housing authorities in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. For those groups, we have provided counsel and advice regarding fair housing matters, litigation, eminent domain, construction issues, premises liability, employee benefits, tax matters, and general housing authority law. 

We have been proud to assist on investigations, Public Information Act requests, research on procurement laws, drafting or editing interlocal governmental agreements, drafting or editing commercial leases, handling various types of litigation, and more.

Our attorneys also provide annual training on preventing and reporting sexual harassment, investigation of claims of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. We draft policies, review contracts, assist in day-to-day governance challenges, and have worked on commercial evictions and the defense of redevelopment of property.

A sampling of our significant work for housing authorities includes:

  • Walker v. HUD and Dallas Housing Authority - On December 21, 2004, a Dallas district court signed an Agreed Final Judgment in this federal desegregation housing case. African-American Plaintiffs filed this class action suit in 1985, alleging the DHA engaged in systematic racial segregation through its construction and maintenance of public housing in Dallas. We became counsel of record in August 2004 and negotiated the final judgment quickly and cost-effectively for DHA. We continue to assist DHA in meeting its obligations under the judgment.
  • When HUD announced in 2014 that it would change the formula for funding allocation for the Moving to Work housing program, we met numerous times with HUD and White House officials to discuss the potential problems related to the change. On behalf of the City of Baltimore, we were ultimately able to have the Senate include language in an appropriations bill that did not allow HUD to move forward with the proposed change and allowed Baltimore to keep millions in HUD funding that it was scheduled to lose.

Contact:

Katie Anderson

(214) 651-4685
kanderson@clarkhill.com

Experience

Served as Assistant Allegheny County solicitor (1982-86).
Solicitor to The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (2008-present).
Co-Solicitor to the Allegheny County Airport Authority (May 2012-present).
Co-Solicitor to the Allegheny County Industrial Development Authority, the Allegheny County Hospital Development Authority, the Allegheny County Higher Education Building Authority and the Allegheny County Residential Finance Authority.
Represented a county in connection with the sale and transfer of delinquent real estate tax receivables
Reviewed tax-exempt equipment leases on behalf of municipal entity-lessees
Served as solicitor to an industrial development authority and a water authority, rendering advice thereto on all matters including general contracts and procurement issues, rate matters, Sunshine and Ethics Acts, investment powers, project financing, and employee benefit matters
Lead counsel in three-year defense of municipality and its officers and employees in an unprecedented lawsuit filed by a scorned real estate developer seeking recovery in excess of $80 million based on an alleged conspiracy between elected officials, municipal staff and solicitor, and community members to deny land use approval for proposed construction
Authored the winning brief in the unanimously decided Pennsylvania Supreme Court case of Sphere Drake v. PGW, 782 A.2d 510 (Pa. 2001)
Devised and executed successful legal, lobbying, and media strategy to defeat powerful and vocal institutional and community support for grant of multi-million dollar government subsidy to client's direct competitor
Represented state agency in lawsuit involving application of public bidding laws
Special Counsel to a Pennsylvania County in connection with the renovation of the former County Jail, a national historic landmark, which was converted for use as a family court building
Represented various counties in connection with the sale of county nursing homes
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