HUD CLEARS WAY FOR FASTER EVICTION OF CRIMINALS
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Housing and Urban
Development will allow housing authorities in North Carolina to
speed up evictions of drug dealers and other criminals from
public housing, Secretary Andrew Cuomo announced today.
FROM PUBLIC HOUSING IN NORTH CAROLINA
Cuomo said HUD cleared the way for faster evictions by
eliminating a requirement that housing authorities in North
Carolina go through a time-consuming administrative grievance
hearing process before evicting tenants under HUD's One Strike
and You're Out policy.
One Strike, which was signed into law by President Clinton
last year, is designed to keep criminals from moving into public
housing and to evict those already there.
Cuomo said HUD has the authority under One Strike to
eliminate housing authority administrative hearings in North
Carolina because the state already allows tenants to receive a
court hearing before they are evicted. The court hearings
safeguard the rights of tenants to due process of law, making
administrative hearings unnecessary, Cuomo said.
"Drug dealers and other criminals are entitled to only one
kind of public housing -- a prison cell," Cuomo said. "The
faster we can get them out of public housing, the better."
Sen. Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina said: "I'm pleased to
work with HUD on this ruling to evict those who prey on the
innocent. These changes will improve the safety of women,
children and the elderly who have been held hostage in their
homes by criminals who bring drugs and crime into public
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