Housing Agency Forces Eviction Over Landlord’s Objection

A decision by a housing case worker may soon force a disabled mother and her children to the street, despite pleas from the landlord that the family be allowed to stay in their rental home.

According to a report in the local news, the tenant — who is paralyzed from the waist down and has no regular means of transportation, is losing her HUD Section 8 vouchers because she arrived late to a routine meeting with her local case worker. The Independence, Missouri woman told reporters she did call to inform the case worker that she was running late because she was having trouble lining up transportation.

The tenant had earlier requested that the meeting take place in her home, but says the case worker refused to make the accommodation.  A HUD employee confirmed to reporters that case workers typically travel to the homes of disabled tenants.

HUD, which supplies the funding for Section 8 vouchers, delegates the implementation of the program to local housing offices.  HUD routinely investigates landlords for allegations of discrimination.

The woman’s landlord told reporters he wishes he could help overturn the decision to cancel the woman’s Section 8 housing vouchers after the miscommunication. But, without the vouchers, the family won’t be able to pay the rent.

The tenant says it took years to get on the assistance program.  She has no extended family or alternative place to go.

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