LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville residents with a history of drug or violent felony offenses may no longer be barred from receiving federal Section 8 housing assistance.
Louisville Metro Housing Authority Director Tim Barry tells WFPL-FM (http://bit.ly/1LSg5Mf) the change would need approval from the housing authority’s board before taking effect next year.
Barry says removing the additional level of scrutiny allows Section 8 recipients to be “treated just like everybody else who’s renting.”
Housing Authority spokeswoman Cathy Hinko says sometimes families in which one member is a felony offender must live in separate residences because of the Section 8 policy. Therefore, the rule change could help reunify families.
Certain caveats still exist. Lifetime registered sex offenders will remain ineligible for federal housing assistance.
Public comment on the policy will be accepted through Dec. 14.
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