Saturday, January 28, 2017

NYC Housing Authority Yields To Media Pressure, Reverses Course On Eviction Of Young Woman From Her Lifelong Public Housing Apartment After Mom's Death In Connection With Paperwork Technicality

In East New York, Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reports:
  • A Brooklyn woman facing eviction from her lifelong public housing apartment over a paperwork snafu will not be kicked out, the Daily News has learned.

    Leatha Harper, 20, has been fighting with the New York City Housing Authority to remain in her childhood apartment at the Pink Houses in East New York since the death last April of her mother, Shirley Harper.

    Leatha, who was legally adopted by Shirley when she was 4, was never listed in NYCHA’s records.

    In October, the Daily News reported on Harper’s ongoing legal battle with NYCHA to prove she has lived in the two-bedroom apartment her entire life.(1)

    Recognizing the exceptional circumstances in this case, NYCHA has determined that Ms. Harper can succeed to her late mother’s lease and remain in the apartment,” said Housing Authority spokeswoman Zodet Negron.

    Harper’s attorney, Jason Vendzules of Brooklyn Legal Services, told The News his client was “incredibly happy that NYCHA has reconsidered their position and that they are going to do the right thing here.”

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