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Public-Housing Evictions Law There are many low-income families living in United States today. Most of them cannot afford a decent place to live. Therefore, the government has made many public housing programs to assist low-income families to pay the rent so they can afford to pay for the house. The housing programs will pay three-fourths of the rent and the tenants will pay the other one-fourth of the rent. Sometimes the government will use the income of the tenants to see how much the government should pay. Nevertheless, some tenants have misused this privilege, and caused the government to lose a tremendous amount of money. Some did not appreciate this opportunity and used "their houses" as a drug-place. Recently, congress realizes these types of behaviors are not right and passed several laws to band such action. One of the laws is the Drug Eviction Law. This law suggests that families can be removed for the drug use of one member, whether the drug activity is in the home or somewhere else. Hence, this law is unfair and needed to be correct. On March 25,2002 the Supreme Court ruled that public housing tenants may be evicted if any member of his or her household is caught using illegal drugs, even if the tenants is unaware of the drug use. ...read more.


The poor people who have no other housing options should not be held strictly accountable for the conduct of their relatives or guests (Public-Housing Eviction Over Drugs Upheld). Willie Lee, 71, who has lived in public housing for more than 25 years, and get evicted because her grandson was caught smoking marijuana in the apartment complex parking lot. Barbara Hill, 63, who has lived in public housing for more than 30 years, also gets evicted because her grandson admitted smoking in the parking lot. The majorities who are eligible for this program are senior citizens and low-income families. They are the population who needs help from other. Is it fair for them to take the consequences for others? Last year, one of my cousins who lived under Section 8 housing, got caught using drugs in front of his school. It was the first time that he uses drugs and he was only fourteen. For that reason, the government evicted his whole family out of the apartment that they lived in. Right now they have to live in my uncle's house because they haven't found any house to rent yet. I currently live with my parents under government housing sections 8. If I get caught with drugs, where will my parents live if they get evicted? ...read more.


However, in this author opinion, as of a recent lawsuit, tenants should not be evicted for the criminal acts of others unless he/she knows of the criminal activity and fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent it (Public Housing Evictions). For example, if the drug user gets evicted for some kind of drug violation. They can continue with their drug activities at another cities, towns or countries. Therefore, who ever are doing the drugs should be responsible for their actions. The drug activities will not end if we punish their family members; therefore, the penalty must hold on them, not their family members. The new public housing law states that landlords have the legal right to evict tenants whose guest or household members use illegal drug without the tenant's knowledge. However, it is not equitable to evict a family if one's convicted a drug activity. The innocent tenants who live in the public housing don't deserve this kind of penalty when they are not the ones who violated the law. Imagine a whole family of six getting kicked out because of one child's act. The government should come up with some other solution besides dropping the whole family off the program. This will not reduce the number of homeless, poverty, and crime. Therefore, this eviction law should not be enforced; the government should punish the members who are causing the problem instead of the family as a whole. ...read more.

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