Stories of Fair Housing

Tina & a “One Strike” Policy

“If it wasn’t for FHP, I would be out on the street. Fair Housing is like my family,” Tina.

Tina’s life was upended when she came home to an eviction notice due to because of a “One Strike” policy. Tina lived in the house with her adult son and two minor aged grandchildren. A couple of weeks prior, Tina’s adult son was arrested and incarcerated. The eviction notice directed Moon and her grandchildren to move out within 30 days due to her adult son’s arrest. The “One Strike” policy permitted her landlord, a public housing authority, to evict the entire household based on the alleged criminal activity of one family member.

FHP advocated on behalf of Tina and her family by challenging the “One Strike” policy because it disproportionately impacted tenants based on Race, National Origin and Familial Status. For more information about “One Strike” policies within PHAs see the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Notice PIH 2015-19 entitled, Guidance for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Owners of Federally-Assisted Housing on Excluding the Use of Arrest Records in Housing Decisions.

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