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Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney, John Freeman to Moderate Live Webinar “Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions” on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 State Bar of Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education LOW-INCOME HOUSING The Federal and State governments have implemented programs to help low-income residents obtain housing. The MI State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) administers the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (commonly known as section 8) program which allows residents to rent a home from a private landlord and the government pays a portion of the rent. To be eligible for this program, a resident must complete an application and background check—which includes a criminal history report. An applicant may be denied admission into the program, or they may be terminated from the program for various reasons related to criminal activity. Mandatory Denial of Assistance 1. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the Public Housing Authority (PHA) to deny assistance if: a. Any member of the household has been evicted from federally-assisted housing in the previous 3 years for drug-related criminal activity. b. Any member of the household has EVER been convicted of drug-related criminal activity for the production or manufacture of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing c. Any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program. [See 24 CFR 982.553] 2. MSHDA Policy: a. MSHDA will admit an otherwise-eligible family who was evicted from federally-assisted housing within the last 3 years for drug-related criminal activity, IF MSHDA is able to verify that the household member engaged in the criminal activity has completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program approved by MSHDA, OR the person who committed the crime is no longer living in the household.
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