Fighting for You: Woman Wants Huntsville Housing Authority Policy Changed

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A woman who once received Huntsville Housing Authority benefits wants the agency to change one its policies. Nannie Clark ended her relationship with the Huntsville Housing Authority last March, but not by choice. Staff at the HHA told Clark to leave.

Clark's eviction came as no surprise. She signed a document saying she understood an eviction could happen if certain things were done. So, what happened? Clark was arrested. She's concerned because her charge was dropped, but she still had to give up her Section 8 status. Clark wants the HHA to wait before it passes judgement on a tenant.

Clark moved from Chicago decades ago.

"I love Huntsville, Alabama and Madison County," said Clark.

She wanted to raise her kids in the south, where she thought things were safe.

"Madison County has been great for me. The programs they have for people are wonderful," added Clark.

Clark got 10 years of help from the HHA. She lived at one of the agency's homes on Lee Drive. Clark applauds the agency for what it does, but wants one thing changed.

"When you're dealing with human beings, it is different from dealing with machines. We are all human. We are all capable of having problems sometimes," added Clark.

A Huntsville Police Department mug shot proves Clark ran into her own problem in October 2011. She was charged with domestic violence.

"I had an altercation with my grandson. I felt like my safety was threatened. As a grandparent, from the old school, I was trying to initiate firmness with him," added Clark.

The charge was eventually dropped. A 31-page background check report shows no violent criminal history. Title 24 of the code of federal regulations denies admission and terminates assistance to anyone arrested or involved in criminal activity.

Clark believes the rule followed by the HHA passes judgement too soon. She wants someone to adjust the rule.

"Wait to see if a person is ruled guilty, or offer some type of probation for that person," added Clark.

The HHA did not want to talk on camera, but provided a statement. A spokeswoman for the agency says a change to policy is no option.

The spokeswoman says her agency has to follow the rules put in place by the bosses in Washington. By the way, a person kicked out of public housing for an arrest has to wait one year before they can re-apply for housing benefits. Clark is now eligible to re-apply.

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