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|How to Request an Informal Review if Your Application for Public Housing is Denied||
Last updated: January 2009
If you apply for public housing and are denied, you have the right to ask for an informal hearing.
When you are applying for public housing, make sure to provide all information and papers asked for by the Housing Authority. If you do not provide them with the information they request, they can deny your application because of this reason.
You have the right to get from the Housing Authority office, a copy of:
Please be aware that the Housing Authority can charge you a reasonable amount for the costs of copying. The Housing Authority CANNOT charge you for a copy of your criminal record or the criminal records of any other household member listed on your application.
You have the right to written notice that you qualify, the date that you should be able to move into public housing, and a place on the waiting list.
You have the right to prompt written notice with the exact reasons for the Housing Authority's decision that you don't qualify for public housing.
If you have applied for public housing and the Housing Authority denies your application, you should receive a letter from the Housing Authority telling you why your application was denied. The letter should also say that you have the right to an informal review. The letter will tell you that you must request the informal review within a certain number of days of the date of the letter. Make sure that you file your request for informal review within that time period.
After you request an informal review, you should receive a letter from the Housing Authority with the date and time of your informal review. You should prepare for your meeting by doing the following:
You have the following rights at the hearing:
You have the right to receive a written decision that must include:
Fill out and file a request for an informal review with the Housing Authority if you think that your application has been treated unfairly. To get instructions for filing and a copy of the request, click on the link below:
Letter Request for an Informal Review with the Housing Authority (A2J Guided Interview)
It is best to hand-deliver a copy of your request to the Housing Authority. Bring two copies so that you can keep one for yourself. Do not leave the office until you see that your request is stamped by the Housing Authority staff. If your request is not accepted when you try to file it, send it certified mail/return receipt requested (the post office can explain how to do this).
If the Housing Authority does not give you a conference time/day within a fair amount of time or you are not satisfied with the results of the hearing, please talk to a lawyer. You can search the "Helpful Organizations" section below to find free legal help.
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