Cherrish Update

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cherrish Update

In late March, CVLS won an appeal that restored our client Cherrish Tolliver’s rental subsidy. The Housing Authority of Cook County had terminated the subsidy after a series of administrative hearings, accusing Cherrish of not timely reporting her income. The Appellate Court vacated the termination, finding the HACC, in not following its own procedures and rules, had failed to properly administer its program and violated our client’s process rights. CVLS reported this wonderful result in our last newsletter.

Unfortunately, the order was issued as a Rule 23 decision, which limited its value. CVLS filed a motion to publish which was granted in May. The published opinion, featured in May 23rd’s ISBA E-Clips, can be found here.

The positive response from the legal aid community is overwhelming. Here are just a few of their reactions from across the state:

  • Welcome news!
  • Congratulations. That’s great news!
  • Congrats! What a case!
  • Wonderful news! Congratulations.
  • This is a great victory. I’m glad it got published. Not only is it good for voucher cases, the language about specificity of notice should help in all kinds of HUD evictions. Excellent work; congratulations.

Since the order was entered, CVLS resolved all remaining issues with the HACC and secured Ms. Tolliver’s full reinstatement to the program. The Tolliver case joins a growing list of CVLS victories at the Appellate Court concerning the voucher program: Miles v. HACC, Burch v. CHA, and Lipscomb v. HACC. If you are interested in handling a rental subsidy case, please contact Matt Hulstein.