Cherish and CVLS
With her low and sporadic income, Cherish relied on her housing subsidy to provide a safe home for herself and her three children. That security was threatened when, in 2012, the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) notified her it was terminating her voucher because she failed to report income. Cherish had always reported her income adjustments, but the HACC never followed up on them.
She fought the termination herself at an administrative hearing, lost, and filed a pro se complaint for judicial review. The court referred her to CVLS through the Access to Justice Program. Three remand hearings later, the judge upheld the termination, and CVLS went to the Appellate Court. In March, the Court ruled in Cherish’s favor, holding that the HACC violated her due process right to notice; failed to follow up on her numerous change-of-income reports; and proposed unreasonable repayment plans.
The opinion can be read here. Several pro bono attorneys helped Cherish along the way. Thank you for making equal access to justice a reality for Cherish and her family!