2. Administrative complaint filed by residents and Lone Star Legal Aid
3. Settlement agreement and Exhibit
In the matter of Oleander Homes and Palm Terrace Apartments, (HUD 2009)
Five months after Hurricane Ike destroyed major portions of two public housing developments in Galveston, TX, the local PHA submitted a letter to HUD notifying it of its intent to demolish these developments without HUD approval and without going through the demolition and disposition process. Tenants filed an administrative complaint with HUD, stating that the PHA was violating the laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the demolition and disposition of public housing. Tenants asserted that the HUD guidance, which was aimed at emergency situations, did not apply. In return for withdrawal of opposition to the PHA’s demolition plans, the PHA entered into a settlement agreement providing for one-for-one replacement units, a right of displaced tenants to return to the replacement housing, an agreement to repair or rebuild the units within a fixed period of time and an agreement to meet and consult with the tenants’ representative on at least a quarterly basis regarding the planning and implementation of the demolition and replacement housing.