A ‘One Strike’ Battle Planned


As law-abiding public housing residents across the country continue to walk on pins and needles wondering if they will be evicted for a drug-related crime perpetrated by a family member or a guest, a battle is being planned by Chicago public housing resident leaders and housing activists to get the “One Strike” public housing eviction law amended.

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold the One Strike law in the case of the Department of Housing and Urban Development v. Pearlie Rucker, and Oakland Housing Authority v. Pearlie Rucker.

The Rucker case involved four senior residents of the OHA who faced eviction for drug-related activities committed on and off OHA premises by family members and a home-care provider in late 1997 and early 1998. Read more »

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