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This folder contains materials to aid in appealing denials to Section 8 and public housing because of a criminal record. Note the Legal Action Center Manual for Representing Individuals Denied Public Housing Because of a Criminal Record. If denied, you automatically have a right to deny it in a hearing.

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  • [Price v. RHA] U.S. District Court, Western District of New York Constitutional Due Process requires Notice of Right to Reasonable Accommodation (2006)

  • Sample Letter to Housing Authority Requesting Reversal of Housing Denial Based on Criminal Record Before Fair Hearing (Legal Action Center)

  • New York City Housing Authority: Grievance Proceedures (NYCHA)

  • Obtaining Files for Applicants for Free Under McNair Decision (NYCHA)

  • City Bar Justice Center: Sample Cover Letter to send McNair Hearing Guidelines to Client (NYC Bar)

  • How to Appeal a Denial of a Your Public Housing or Section 8 Application (City Bar Justice Center)

  • Sample Article 78 Appeal of Denial of Section 8 Assistance (LSNY Bronx)

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