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Charlottesville Housing Authority Criticized Over Eviction

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Family moving out of apartment in Charlottesville following eviction by the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Family moving out of apartment in Charlottesville following eviction by the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority

A Charlottesville mother and her six children were evicted from their public housing apartment Wednesday, and a candidate for City Council is calling it unfair. Here's the problem:  the woman has not paid rent for more than a year, and the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority claims it had the right to make her leave last month.

The family packed up a U-Haul truck in front of their Hardy Drive apartment.

Court records show the family owes $5,822.84 in rent and that the mother has not paid rent since March 2012. A judge ordered the family to pay up in March.

Still, City Council candidate Wes Bellamy says it is just not right.

"It's a single mom, there's seven of them, there are very few places that are going to allow all of them to come in, and she essentially has nowhere to go. Yet there is no compassion being shown from the housing authority," said Bellamy. 

CRHA said the family could have been evicted as early as March 18, after the window for a court appeal expired. Had the family appealed, they would have to put up $8,200 - which includes back rent and court costs. CRHA waited until now to move forward with the eviction.

The housing authority says its eviction rate is down significantly compared to past years, and is trying to work with families in this situation.

If you know of someone that can help this family in need, contact Deirdre Gilmore at 434-422-2574.

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