Troubleshooters: Woman Getting Kicked Out of Housing
POSTED: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 3:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 12:22pm
EL PASO – An El Paso woman has reached out to us for help. She said she doesn't know what to do, since she's getting kicked out of public housing, after falsely being accused of fraud.
Vianey Alarcon said it came out of nowhere-- just two months ago, she was informed that she has until the end of April to leave the housing project where she's been living since late last year, because she's accused of fraud.
“Where am I going to run? To the street? I don't plan to go to the salvation army. I wasn't expecting this,” said Alarcon.
Alarcon said the staff that manages the housing project where she lives, said she illegally had her mother living with her. In public housing, it's considered fraudulent, to have a person living with you, that's not listed in the lease. But Alarcon said, she didn't do that.
"They say that they saw my mom here. I don't know if they have proof, but she was just staying for a couple of days. but that's about it...not like they say.”
Alarcon said when she went before the project's managers for a different matter, she was slapped with a form, that stated she could voluntarily leave, because of the fraud accusation. Alarcon signed that paper.
“I felt threatened because the investigator was there, the security was there. I wasn't expecting that,” stated Alarcon.
The Housing Authority of El Paso said because Alarcon signed the form, it's a done deal.
“If she feels that she hasn't been afforded due process, she can always seek redress through the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid,” said Shane Griffith, the Public Information Officer for El Paso's Housing Authority.
Now Alarcon has just weeks to figure out where she's going to live with her daughters.