There are currently 5,000 families receiving assistance from the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) with 1,900 more who are waiting for assistance. The CHA is responsible for $3 million monthly in rent payments.
These were just a few pieces of information that the Clinic learned on Friday, February 3rd when the CHA presented this semester’s training for students who are preparing to be hearing officers at Section 8 termination hearings. Charlotte Law students and faculty attended this training,along with personnel from the CHA and housing rights advocates from Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Several students who have already completed the CHA training sat for the first hearings of the semester on February 15. The panel, which Professor Jason Huber supervised, consisted of Karen Vaughn, Windy Majer, and Charlie Schmidt, all third year students. They heard cases and rendered decisions involving alleged criminal activity of a household member and failure to maintain utilities.
Until now, the hearing officer program has been limited to Clinic students. The Clinic however has expanded the training to all interested Charlotte Law students. Also, in the near future the Clinic will be training students to perform similar roles in the public housing aspect of the CHA. If you are interested in becoming a fair and impartial hearing officer for this project, please e-mail Karen Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org.