Housing authority hit by several Section 8 lawsuits

October 25, 2015
The troubled Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was hit with three federal lawsuits in the past three months over the same program — one that helps poor families pay rent.
     All of the lawsuits allege the housing authority's Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program violated federal law and individual civil rights by failing to provide notice and fair hearing to people dropped from the program.
     One of the three lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court was settled with the plaintiff's reinstatement to the Section 8 program, and the parties of another are in settlement talks. A fourth federal lawsuit filed in 2014 also was resolved this month with the plaintiff's reinstatement to the program, according to attorneys.
     Executive Director John Hill declined to comment on the spate of lawsuits. Some of the attorneys for the plaintiffs speculated that the program might be understaffed.