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Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority reopens waiting lists for affordable housing

June 29, 2011

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Commissioners were told at their weekly meeting that Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority has reopened several waiting lists that previously had been closed due to a shortage of affordable housing options.

Director Shannon Oury told commissioners that all but one of the department’s waiting list had been reopened. The waiting list for general one-bedroom apartments remains closed because it is still estimated to take about two years to serve all the people currently on the list.

The lists had been closed late last year for the first time in about a decade because of the long waits. Since then, more Section 8 housing vouchers have become available in the community, Oury said.

The news was part of a presentation of the agency’s annual report. The Housing Authority provided housing assistance to about 1,100 families in 2010.

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smitty 2 years, 9 months ago

shadowlady, here's the link to the city's human relations dept that handles housing complaints...take your concerns to them. I suggest that you first contact a trust worthy counsel on housing such as an excellent nonprofit, grassroots organization, HCCI http://www.hcci-ks.org/ HCCI's core programs include in part, this item:

Tenant and Landlord Counseling - This program provides counseling and education for both tenants and landlord, including information on local city ordinances, Kansas State laws, and federal acts that affect tenant and landlord relationships..... more on link...

You may want to go by or call and have the city send you that brochure mentioned in the human relations info, too.

BTW, the city appoints 3 members to the LDCHA BOD, so yes, they are in the mix http://www.lawrenceks.org/legal/housinglawenforcement

Enforcement of Fair Housing Laws Fair housing laws are enforced at the local, state, and federal level. Complaints may be filed at any level, or all three.

The local enforcement agency is:

Lawrence Human Relations Commission and Human Relations Division 1006 New Hampshire Lawrence, Kansas 66044 (785) 832-3310 TDD: (785) 832-3205

The state enforcement agency is:

Kansas Human Rights Commission Landon State Office Building, Suite 851 900 S.W. Jackson Topeka, Kansas 66612-1258 (785) 296-3206 TDD: (785) 296-0245

The federal enforcement agency is:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Gateway Tower Two, Room 200 400 State Avenue Kansas City, Kansas 66101-2406 (913) 551-6958 TDD: (913) 551-6972

If you have questions about your rights or responsibilities under fair housing laws, contact the specialists in the Lawrence Human Relations Division for a consultation.

They can also provide you with copies of Chapter X, Article 1 of the Code of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, the Kansas Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, the Mobile Home Parks Landlord and Tenant Act, informational brochures and posters.....

Good luck in getting proper actions. The LDCHA has recently been caught in the act of non- compliance to safety and interference with the peaceful enjoyment of tenants through the directions of Milton Scott, Program and Property Management Director and Natalie Mulryan, PHM Housing Specialist.

Here's hope that the LDCHA abused tenants will continue to speak out to as many oversight authorities as possible for remedy.

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UNIKU 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes Chad/JW....please drop everything you are doing and write an article on this so we can complain about how the city and all its employees are doing everything wrong and illegal...hurry!

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shadowlady 2 years, 9 months ago

Well, let me see, I know of a woman, that was on section 8, she ended up getting married, so broke the lease with the landlord and section 8. But, she found another tennat, so the landlord did not lose any rent money, she did everything that the section 8 lady told her to do, so she would not be penalized, in case her marriage didn't work out. Well, the marriage didn't work out, so went back to section 8, and guess what, she got penalized anyway. They have given her the run around for over a year, about every month, they wanted proof of this and that, which by the way she already provided, and every month would provide the same thing, over and over. Then they denied her, so she started over from scratch, now over a year later, she is back on the list. So now I'm keeping track of all the papers and all that is going on . Now here is the kicker, a different lady lived in Baldwin, her lease was not up until October. (She is not supposed to get another voucher until October). She wanted to move to Lawrence, so they provided a voucher for her and moves back to Lawrence this Friday. And I know all of this to be a fact. So as the old adege goes, something is fishy in Denmark.

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smitty 2 years, 9 months ago

The news was part of a presentation of the agency’s annual report. The Housing Authority provided housing assistance to about 1,100 families in 2010.

JW(Chad Lawhorn, perhaps), please educate on why the non-profit, LDCHA, reports to the city with their annual plan? Is there a legal or contractual connection between the two entities that require city over site?

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