A Houston woman claims she's being evicted from public housing for owing 25 cents in overdue rent -- the local housing authority insists there is more to the story.
Lenwood Johnson with the Free Man's Neighborhood Association says his client and others are being scammed by the landlord who he claims is pocketing their deposits, then forcing them out.
“This is way for the manager to get extra money that HUD doesn't pay attention to,” Johnson tells KTRH News.
Brian Gage with the Houston Housing Authority argues those allegations are false.
“There is no scam. We oversee our property management companies with due diligence, and those accusations are new to me,” he says.
Gage admits there was an eviction notice sent out, but the 25 cents past due was a clerical error. The real reason the woman is being tossed out, Gage says, is due to legal issues involving a relative who was staying with her.
“As long as they follow their lease obligations, they are welcome to stay in public housing and the voucher program as long as they comply with the federal rules and local requirements,” he says.
Johnson argues his client and her family were unfairly targeted by management.
“They claimed she had unwanted guests at her house,” he says. “She had a visitor who was put out of her house.”
However, Johnson admits his client lived at the Victory Place Apartments nearly a decade before she was evicted.