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Troubleshooters: Woman Getting Kicked Out of Public Housing Fights it

Troubleshooters

POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 12:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 2:34pm

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.

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I think the point is that the mother was living with unbeknownst to that particular housing authority--which is wrong-there are rules for everything and should be followed--if she knew the rules were for her to report that her mother was going to be living with her--she has to report that regardless. how hard would it have to been for her to let them know that--was her mother elderly? maybe she didnt her mothers income to be included in her household which is duh fraud

while many needy people have a right to use this benefits because they are in need,unfortunatly there is some that take advantage of it and use them for other purposes. One in particular that i see happen alot is when they sell their foodstamps to get things like makeup,highlighs or beer. I think that we should give them out for short time and make them pay back if they have them for years. Whe need to make them try and get out of poverty and not make careers out of them!

the part i hate the most is when people take advantage of the food stamp pogram, and sell them to make a living while alot of really needy people can't qualify for. I hate it because i see them using them on makeup highlighs and other wants and not needs!...as a tax payer whe should not allow this to go on and on..we need to make it stop!!!

Some of the families that live in housing have been there for several generations. If some of this people that really need help for housing why is it we see them with a satellite dish hanging from the roofs. The government should look into this and other people that get food stamps and have real good cars. I wonder what other things they are hiding . Yes we do have families that need help but others take advantage of it.

I feel that there is a misconception on how the system works. Not all people live for free. Some do work and have to pay a portion of the rent. However I agree that many individuals do cheat out the system. I personally knew of a lady that was filthy rich and claimed she was poor and took care of her mother so she was entitle to Housing. As a U>S> citizen and tax payer i reported her and what was suppose to be confidential was not Thanks to a Housing Authority employee named Mrs. Luna.

All of you need to shut up honestly ...There are people out there who are less fortunate then others We are in America if u dont like paying your taxes then GO LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE... Shame on u to judge her just because she lives in housing...Typical of some tho... Even if she had her mother staying there how does that make it wrong "Would u turn ur bak on ur mom if she had no place to stay" Hell na.

PRIOR TO HER LIVING IN HOUSING THEY WERE LIVING AT A HOME THAT GOT BURNED DOWN SHE HOPED TO STAY AT HOUSING FOR EMERGENCY LIVING.THE MOM WITHOUT A PLACE TO STAY FOR THE MOMENT COULD OF HAD STAYED WITH HER FOR A WHILE ....

You must be 1 of her family members. I have been a lifelong "devote democrat" & humanitarian. But am sick of seeing so many making a career in "welfare". So many learn to take advantage of the system. They think it's their right to have tax payers pay for their quality of life. Who pays for our lawyers when welfare fraud occurs so frequently? Sad that the news chose to air this story & make her appear like such a victim. I had to change the channel! Help should be TEMPORARY!

and especially here in El Paso due to the high numbers of Illegals and due to the high numbers of those who milk the liberal democratic coffers for all they are worth.

I AGREE WITH THIS COMMENT. TO THIS PEOPLE-THE IDEA OF LOOKING FOR
A JOB DOES NOT EVEN CROSS THEIR MINDS. WE ARE SUPPORTING A LOT
OF ABLE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE WORKING-AT ANYTHING-WHICH WOULD HAVE TO
DO IF WE DID NOT THE WELFARE SYSTEM. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU SEE
AT THE WIC STORE GETTING A LOT OF GROCERIES WITH A BRAND NEW CAR
SITTING IN THE PARKING LOT??? IF THEY WOULD REALLY INVESTIGAT NOT
TOO MANY PEOPLE WOULD BE LEFT IN THR PUBLIC HOUSING.

To be treated unfairly is not acceptable...
BUT...can we ask just how many years of her adult life has Ms. Alarcon required government housing? Has this been a "career" style of living she inherited and will pass on to her children as well? It's a shame that tax payers will have to pay the price of legal fees to address her maltreatment. What percentage of her living expenses have tax payers been paying for? For how many years? We need to stop enabling citizens'/residents' helplessness!

This article makes is seem like this woman is innocent of fraud. If you only knew the type of fraud and abuse that is commited by so many of the Housing Autority tenants, you wouldn't put such a negative spin against the Housing Authority. It is a shame because this woman can make any claims she wants and make herself look as innocent as a newborn baby knowing full well that Housing cannot comment on her situation. Make sure you get ALL of the facts please

The Housing Authority is so corrupt here in El Paso. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE ALL THE HOUSING RESIDENTS THAT ARE NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS, THES PEOPLE ARE CONSTANTLY COMMITING FRAUD, I KNOW OF AT LEAST ONE HOUSING RESIDENT THAT CURRENTLY LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING, SHE AND TWO OTHER RESIDENTS WOULD MAKE UP LIES TO THE LEASE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER JOSE GARCIA ABOUT AMERICAN RESIDENTS. NUMEROUS POLICE REPORTS HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST THESE PEOPLE. YET THEY ARE STILL ALLOWED TO LIVE THERE. MARIA MONREAL AND LAURA R

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