The Civil Rights Clinic hosted a training session on Friday, January 25th for students interested in becoming hearing officers for termination hearings conducted at the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA). Anthony Figueroa, David Samloff, Cedric McCorkle, and Alyson Traw from CHA, along with attorney Chad Crockford from Legal Aid of Charlotte, facilitated the training.
The prospective hearing officers received a training manual and watched a presentation of the essential components required to properly conduct a termination hearing for persons notified by the Charlotte Housing Authority that their Housing Choice Voucher has been recommended for termination. As Hearing Officers, these students provide a judgment on whether the participant’s voucher should be terminated or continued based on evidence presented by both CHA employees and the participant. Though the decision of the hearing panel is not final, the Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program for CHA may only overturn the panel’s decision if it is contrary to applicable Federal, State, or local law, including HUD (Housing and Urban Development) regulations.
To date, the Civil Rights Clinic and Charlotte School of Law have conducted 100 termination hearings for the Charlotte Housing Authority. The hearing panels overturned the recommendations for termination 21 times, overturned with conditions 49 times, and upheld the recommendations 20 times. In the 49 cases where the panels overturned with conditions, only one participant has been terminated for failure to comply with the conditions set by the panel (based on CHA’s reporting to the Civil Rights Clinic in November 2012).
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a hearing officer, please contact Jordan Dupuis at firstname.lastname@example.org.