Unusual circumstances deny woman’s public housing benefits

Must agency accommodate tenant's mental disability?

Barbara Huberty was a recipient of Section 8 public housing assistance through the county housing agency. She began receiving Section 8 benefits in July 1997. One of the Section 8 requirements is the housing agency must "recertify" eligibility each year. This requires a personal interview with the recipient, including completion of necessary paperwork. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. When Huberty's recertification became due, she was mailed a letter on Jan. 6, 2003, advising of her recertification appointment on Feb. 4 and informing her she could reschedule if that was not convenient. But Huberty failed to appear for the appointment or contact the housing agency. She was then mailed a second notice by first class and certified mail informing her of a new appointment date. Again she failed to respond. On March 31, 2003, Huberty's Section 8 benefits were terminated. Only then did she contact the housing agency, claiming she was caring for a sick friend. Huberty later appeared for a re...