Jim has spent his legal career working on affordable housing issues, primarily with the non-profit National Housing Law Project in Oakland, CA. He is NHLP’s principal staff for HUD-assisted preservation work . Since joining NHLP in 1980, his practice has concentrated on representing the interests of low-income tenants with respect to federal housing programs and policies, especially those concerning the HUD rental programs such as public housing and Section 8, in the judicial, legislative and administrative forums. He has worked on subsidized housing preservation issues since 1980, in litigation, policy development, training and implementation. In this capacity, he has worked extensively with Congress, HUD, public agencies, tenant and community organizations (including HRI!) and advocates on preservation budget and policy issues, and preservation strategies.