CHA Applied First-Strike Eviction Policy Broadly, Analysis Shows

September 5, 2011  |  

(Chicago News Cooperative) — Nothing could have prepared Jessica Moore for the morning 19 Chicago police officers rushed her front door around 8 o’clock.  According to police reports, they found $48 of marijuana in her son Devonte’s room and a $12 dime bag in her boyfriend’s pocket. Police arrested her boyfriend, but not her son.  Years in the Cabrini-Green public housing project had taught Moore what to expect next. A few days after the September 2009 bust, the Chicago Housing Authority notified her that her lease would be terminated.  Moore, 39, is one of hundreds of low-income residents the housing authority has taken to eviction court since 2005 for violating the agency’s one-strike policy. If residents get one strike — exactly what that means — the C.H.A. can try to evict them. The rule is part of federal guidelines created in 1996 to make public housing safer.

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