President, Senior Staff Attorney
Timothy (Tim) Thompson is a 1975 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He joined HPP in 2000 and up until 2006 was also employed as the Litigation Director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Inc. Tim has worked for various legal services programs for more than 25 years, specializing in tenants' rights, government housing programs and class actions. He has been lead counsel or co-counsel on over 30 cases in Federal Court brought on behalf of low income residents. These suits have helped to secure rights to public assistance and federally subsidized housing programs for those most in need of these services. Mr. Thompson's cases have had far reaching impact on the rights and opportunities of the poor and communities of color.
During the 1990's, he served as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Hollman v. Cisneros
, a class action in which a group of families of color and the NAACP sued various government agencies over racial segregation in government housing programs in Minneapolis. A landmark settlement was negotiated in 1995 in which HUD provided initial funding of more than $117 million to dramatically expand opportunities for low income families under the public housing and Section 8 programs throughout the metro area.
In addition to litigating, Mr. Thompson has lobbied extensively over the years at both the national and local levels for changes in policy and law, and has advised numerous community organizations on various legal issues. Mr. Thompson has also lectured and prepared materials for continuing legal education seminars covering tenants' right, civil rights, government housing programs, and Federal Court litigation.
At HPP, Tim has appeared as co-counsel in a number of preservation cases in federal and state court, both at the trial and appellate level, both in Minnesota and across the country. He has particular expertise in preservation of 515 Rural Rental Housing, and in the obligation of Minnesota local governments to plan for affordable housing. Tim took over as HPP President in November 2006.Email Tim