Challenging Denials to Government-Assisted Housing

This section will help you understand how to challenge a denial from a federal government-assisted housing program, and what to expect in the process. If you are denied government-assisted housing, you have the right to receive notice of the denial with the SPECIFIC REASONS for the denial—including anything that came up in your criminal records (see PG. 56 for what PHAs and government-assisted owners can access). You also have the right to a review of the denial—which could be a very informal meeting or hearing (see PG. 78 about what those look like) and the right to receive information on how to prepare for that informal hearing/review. You also have rights during the review hearing process AND the right to challenge the decision if you still disagree. Continue reading to learn more.

  1. When would I challenge a denial from a Public Housing Authority (PHA) or owner of government-assisted housing?

  2. If I was denied government-assisted housing, how will I know the reason why?

  3. What is the timeline for challenging a denial to government-assisted housing?

  4. Will I definitely get into government-assisted housing if I am successful in challenging the initial denial?

  5. How can I figure out the specific procedures for challenging a denial to government-assisted housing?

  6. Review Hearings: The Way to Challenge a Denial to Government-Assisted Housing

    1. What can I expect at the review hearing? And how can I prepare?

    2. What rights do I have in a review hearing?

    3. What can I do if I am unhappy with the written decision by the review hearing?