By Yolanda Putman
Chattanooga Housing Authority board members agreed to double the minimum rent requirement for residents in CHA’s public housing and Housing Choice Voucher program from $25 to $50 a month.
HUD has been reducing its funding to housing authorities by 10 percent for the past four years, said Bob Dull, CHA’s executive director.
This is one way the agency can offset the loses in operating their central operations, he said.
The minimum rent increase was one of several changes board members made to the housing authority’s Admission and Continued Occupancy Policy today.
Officials also agreed to increase the length of time an applicant is denied housing because of drug possession from three years to five. Residents who sold or distributed drugs on housing authority property will be denied admission for 10 years instead of five years, Mr. Dull said.
He said the time increase is necessary because more people are serving time for doing drugs, getting out of prison, coming back into public housing and repeating the same action.
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