- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Public housing residents in Chattanooga who fail to meet federal housing program requirements will no longer face eviction.

The public housing authority is set to meet on Tuesday to reverse its decision to evict residents who don’t meet requirements of the Upward Mobility program, The Chattanooga Times Free-Press (https://bit.ly/1VQbQKx) reported.

A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation forbids such evictions, said Betsy McCright, executive director of the Chattanooga Housing Authority. The housing authority will offer residents who don’t meet the requirements housing in different sites, McCright said. A tenant who refuses to accept the move can be evicted from public housing altogether.

“The general impression is that you can’t put people out of public housing, but there are contractual agreements that those parties enter when they come to live in public housing,” said housing authority board chairman Eddie Holmes.

The Upward Mobility program requires residents to work, volunteer or attend school at least 30 hours a week.

McCright says five out of the roughly 100 program participants were noncompliant in February.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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