Housing authority sends termination notice over alleged unreported income

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This continues the story of Robert S. The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb (HACD) wanted Mr. S to sign a repayment agreement, saying Mr. S had failed to report a change in income. Mr. S has not signed the agreement, so HACD has sent him a notice of termination from the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Here it is:

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The box under the checklist explains the reasons for termination from the program, starting with receipt of TANF (federal cash assistance) that HACD alleges Mr. S failed to report as income. The printout accompanying the termination shows 3-1/2 months of TANF for a family member covering mid-October 2021 through January 2022, but the same document also indicates the family member was not approved for TANF. Mr. S says this is corrected at the state level by subtracting the TANF amounts from other benefit payments (i.e., SNAP), which leaves zero additional income to report.

HACD also claims it discovered the TANF income during annual recertification of eligibility for the HCV program. Mr. S reports that recertification went swimmingly — the TANF was not a problem then. The issue, he says, came up weeks later, when he was prepared to port the voucher to another county.

Emails show Mr. S requested a meeting of executive director Shelly Perkins to discuss the situation and she agreed. But he says she never followed through. However, the termination notice includes information about the right to a hearing and Mr S told me today he has already requested one.