Troubleshooters: Woman Getting Kicked Out of Public Housing Fights it
POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 1:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 3:34pm
EL PASO – Imagine being a single mom, being forced from your home, and having no place to go. That's the situation one El Paso woman found herself in. She reached out to us for help a few weeks ago. Vianey Alarcon sat down with us today, and told us she's hopeful about her situation.
“Probably the news did it all...I'll be staying here – things will be working out,” said Alarcon.
Earlier this month, Vianey Alarcon broke down in tears when she spoke to us about her ordeal. She and her two daughters were getting kicked out of public housing, and she thought they would be out on the street.
“Before, I felt helpless because I had nowhere to run, nowhere to go with my two girls,” stated Alarcon.
Alarcon was informed by the Housing Authority that she had until the end of this month to leave public housing, over a fraud accusation. Some documents stated that Alarcon had committed fraud because she illegally had her mother living with her. Alarcon denies those claims.
In recent weeks, Alarcon has gotten an attorney from legal aid, who told her that she has rights, and that the accusations made against her, weren't enough to kick her out.
“It's not enough – it's not enough proof,” stated Alarcon.
Alarcon's attorney told us the way the situation was handled by the Housing Authority was “egregious,” and also said that legal aid is investigating what happened.
As for Alarcon, she said she hopes some folks in a similar situation can learn from what happened to her.
“Don't back up. Confront it. If you didn't do wrong, step up,” said Alarcon.
Meantime, Alarcon's attorney told us she's confident things will work out in her client's favor.
The Housing Authority would not comment on the case, but did say that fraud is prevalent in public housing throughout the country.