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My Claim vs. City Of Houston Housing Authority

Z. M. vs. City Of Houston Housing Authority
2640 Fountain View Dr Ste 400, Houston, Texas, 77057-7610, United States
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    • Claim #: 1495364
    • Amount Involved: 75,000.00
    • Filed On: Feb 09, 2016
    • Posted On: Feb 24, 2016
    • Complaint(s):
      • Bad business practices
      • Problem with a service
      • "I just feel ripped off."
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Statement of Claim
Claimant says:
"Houston Housing Authority has failed to comply with every term of their own agreements and stipulations.

I was renting a 4 bedroom home with my (NOW) Ex-Wife and her three kids in December 2011 in Spring Texas. I filed for a Divorce from her in 2012, 2013 and finally got the divorce in 2015. I kicked them out of the house and removed them from my HUD VASH Voucher and off of the lease in 2013 and gained custody of my 2 daughters in November 27, 2013 and went to HHA to give them a copy of the judgment giving me full custody of my daughters who were 16 and 11 at the time. I also submitted school records and child support orders. In March 2014, I submitted a MOVE REQUEST, 90 days before my lease expired in June 2014 and didn't get a response for more than 100 days after and went to the move hearing. They issued me a 1 bedroom Voucher failing to add my daughters to the voucher. One Year later June 2015, they still haven't added my 2 daughters to the voucher and issued another one bedroom voucher, so I couldn't move into a one bedroom with my daughters, so i requested an informal hearing. In October 2015, Landlord filed for EVICTION for Possession and I was forced to move out of the unit before November 2, 2015. I went to HHA on November 14, 2015 to PORT OUT and they told me it would take 60 to 90 days and they issued me a voucher only adding my youngest daughter, for 2 bedroom. On the 85th day (February 9, 2016), I called to check the status and they told me that I was up for TERMINATION for the EVICTION for Possession. I contacted the Executive Director of HHA and she also said that I can not be terminated for Possession because my lease had expired and the owner wanted his property. I am considering filing a civil lawsuit against them for discrimination based on Disabilities and their failure to complete their end of the deal. I am a veteran of the US ARMY and my daughter is disabled and receives SSI. We are homeless and they are breaking all the rules of their own program guidelines!"
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  • 02-09-2015 — Today is the 85th day of 90 day maximum promised to complete PORT OUT
  • 02-09-2015 — Called Longview Housing Authority Case Worker Suzanne Valencia who indicated that she has not received my paperwork
  • 02-09-2015 — Called City of Houston Fair Housing Dept Mr. Royce Seals
  • 02-09-2015 — Called Field Office Director Dr. Pringle
  • 02-09-2015 — Called Executive Director Trina Meadows
  • 02-09-2014 — Status Check (Termination for Eviction for Possession) I Have recorded conversation with each person
  • 01-14-2015 — Status Check (Still processing)
  • 12-14-2015 — Status check (Still Processing)
  • 11-14-2015 — Request to PORT OUT TO LONGVIEW TEXAS and got a reciept
  • 11-02-2015 — Recieved 2 bedroom Voucher after My kids mother came to HHA to say that the kids live with me / HHA only added the youngest daughter
  • 11-01-2015 — Landlord refuse to answer calls to get my remaining items
  • 11-01-2015 — Vacated Residence and could not return to get additional items with one day remaining/Landlord changed locks
  • 10-02-2015 — Took a copy of Eviction filing to HHA and got a receipt
  • 10-28-2015 — Judgment for Possession, had 5 days to vacate
  • 10-01-2015 — Landlord files for EVICTION for POSSESSION
  • 08-21-2015 — Issued another One Bedroom Voucher after Informal Hearing about Rent Increase ONLY
  • 06-30-2015 — Lease has been expired for a year
  • 03-17-2015 — Housing Completely remove exwife and her kids and still fail to add my kids
  • 03-17-2015 — Filed final Divorce case against exwife (Cause # 20151****)
  • 03-17-2015 — Case Dismissed Case# *****5080080
  • 02-19-2015 — Landlord Files for Eviction
  • 10-06-2014 — Resubmitted the same required paperwork to adjust voucher size
  • 10-02-2014 — Was issued a ONE BEDROOM VOUCHER
  • 06-30-2014 — Lease Expires
  • 03-01-2014 — Filed with HHA A MOVE REQUEST, Change of Family Composition, with Signed Court Order, School Records, Child Support Records
  • 12-02-2013 — Submitted Judge's Order to HHA and Change of family Composition
  • 12-27-2013 — Gain Full Custody of my 2 daughters (Cause #20067****)
  • 10-23-2013 — Filed for Divorce again (Cause #20136****) because she refused to leave residence
  • 06-01-2013 — Removed wife and kids from Voucher and Lease (pending Divorce)
  • 12-13-2012 — Filed for Divorce from my wife (Cause #20127****)
  • 03-13-2012 — Case Dismissed in JP Court Case # *****5051350
  • 02-22-2012 — (Landlord) files for eviction for non-payment of rent
  • 12-01-2011 — Moved into unit at **** Tealgate Drive Sp****, Texas, 77373
Additional Communication Between Claimant and City Of Houston Housing Authority Hide
  • Feb 18, 2016, Claiming party added:
  • As of today, 94 days have elapsed since I requested the Port Out of Harris County, which they originally told me it can take between 60 to 90 days. I guess my next call is to the Office of Inspector General and then Federal Court. They have refused to assist even when faced with legal extremities in place, they have not budged not one bit!! I will call HUD and make a Discrimination Complaint against them if they have not honored my request by the 22nd of February 2016. If you need the number for your own complaint, HUD 800-669-9777 and Office of Inspector General is 800-347-3735.

  • Feb 26, 2016, Claiming party added:
  • My PORT OUT finally made it on February 22, 2016, sent the same day by HHA. They claimed they did not have a copy of the Order, when I gave them a copy of it each time I presented anything to them for a receipt. I was not divorced from my last wife (not the mother of my only 2 daughters) until 2015 so the court order for my kids in this divorce were the only paper available to submit, concerning adding to the composition. I was informed that the mother of the children would have to come to HHA PERSONALLY to give an oral and written statement, indicating that the kids no longer live with her, which is an unnecessary step versus a court order that only gives the mother supervised visitation, clearly indicates that she DOES NOT HAVE CUSTODY. HHA is insulting my intelligence when they tell me that I did not submit the only existing order concerning my only 2 children, listing myself as the SMC Sole Managing Conservator of my daughters as an oversight on my behalf?
    Since, I have overwhelming proof that HHA purposely deprive my family of the legal use of the HUD VASH via Court Order, plus recorded conversations with case workers,etc, that are Lawsuit Worthy incidents that I can not, as a legal personnel, allow this to go unchecked. Someone with no legal experience would be homeless right now, so the HUD VASH PROGRAM has no SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE TO PREVENT THE HOMELESSNESS OF ALL VETERANS. I rescind the last settlement offer and I am willing to settle this matter for $500,000 cash. This will save myself the time of filing a lawsuit in federal court for violation of rights granted in a court order, manipulation of HUD VASH PROGRAM by forcing me to bring my exwife in testify orally and in writing the actual resudence of the children, and filing a Discrimination Complaint with HUD and bringing all receipts indicating paperwork submitted, downloaded recorded phones call between HHA AND myself since November 2013 up until February 22, 2016 and parading each responsible party in front of a judge and jury for a much larger Discrimination lawsuit. I will use the funds to build a shelter for those people who are being discriminated against by HHA OR need a temporary residence pending PORT OUT. This will prevent anyone from being homeless even in the Portability situation. If you choose to not take this settlement then, by March 7, 2016, I will initiate a lawsuit against HHA with evidence of a settlement offer in this claim (which after this date I will consider the offer settlement rejected) and begin looking for a location for the Shelter. If I get the shelter built before trial date, then I'll dismiss this claim and/or the lawsuit. If it goes to trial, I will sue for the original 9.5miI with 3 lawyers and a smart paralegal. Would love for you to respond by March 1, 2016 and settle this before March 7, 2016. Also, look in my records since I've been in HUD VASH IN 2009 and you will see that I won all my eviction cases filed against me except for evictions for owner possession. This case is easier to prove up then the eviction cases I WON. I will become a voice and place for justice for the homeless and discriminated people who are or were a part of HHA. Now, I see what my calling is in life!!!

  • Jun 29, 2016, Claiming party added:
  • Voucher was sent back to HHA to be forwarded to the Appropriate Housing Authority 3 weeks ago and NO RESPONSE from email request, in-person and written requests, requests from US Veteran's Resource Center in Longview and Marshall Housing Authority. Request sent to Jennifer Cook (who no longer works there) so it was forwarded to Sonya Morris ( and I received this response from Portability "Please contact the Housing Authority and let them know to send the documents to Sonya Morris or fax: 713-260-0548. Ms. Cook is no longer with our agency."

What Claimant Wants Hide
Message from Claimant: If this offer is not accepted, i will file a federal lawsuit to resolve this case. I've already filed a complaint with TWC and HUD.
1. For total inconvenience and discrimination Jan 31, 2017 $75,000.00
Cash total : $75,000.00
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Respondent's Counteroffer

There has been no response to this claim from City Of Houston Housing Authority. This claim will remain posted until resolved
Offer History
Feb 26, 2016
Claimant's Terms of Settlement to City Of Houston Housing Authority
Feb 24, 2016
Claimant's Terms of Settlement to City Of Houston Housing Authority
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  • Contributed Solution: by David Herrerias On 09-18-2016
    Claimant should reconsider the amount he's requesting and submit new terms of settlement; Houston Housing Authority should "show up" and respond to the points raised by the claimant, and to any revised offer. More...
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Is this a fair resolution?
  • Question: by Matt Murphy (20 points) — Mediator With Years Of Legal Experience. Give Me A Case And I'll Get It Settled
  • On: 08-21-2016
  • Could you pls post a copy of the receipts you have for the info they lost and if you're comfortable a copy of that info?

    " Claim to not have the EVICTION information on file when I filed it 3 times with receipts"

    Thanks. Interesting case. Hope you get some redress from them.  I'll submit a resolution suggestion once I have more time to review the details.

    Good luck 

  • Question: by Sonya Shore (413 points) — Mediation Student. Disputes Shouldn't End Up In Either Court Or Acrimony.
  • On: 06-28-2016
  • I'm trying to understand your complaint as I'm not familiar with Texas housing law. It sounds as if the issue arose when you essentially changed families and possibly became ineligible for rental help with a large house in between the divorce and taking custody of your daughters.

    Your eligibility fell into a crack because the Houston Housing Authority failed to add your daughters to the housing voucher in a timely manner. Is that more or less accurate? Do you have any documentation of the request to add them? That could be helpful. 

    Are you specifically entitled to housing as the parent of a disabled child, because of your status as a veteran, or because of income issues, or all of the above? Is it your older or younger daughter who is disabled daughter, and if it's the older, is she able to live alone now that she is older or does she require your help?

    Was there any particular reason given for eviction eg rowdiness, drug use, too many people in the apartment, noise complaints, etc?

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