Alice has serious kidney problems and is on dialysis. When her grandson, Kenny, was ten years old, she took him in because his father was homeless and no one had seen his mother for years. Alice and Kenny were tenants in Section 8, subsidized housing in Kansas City.

One day Kenny’s middle school teacher found a small amount of marijuana in Kenny’s backpack. Kenny, who has no history of drug use, insisted that the marijuana was planted. No charges were filed against him, but the police reported the incident to Alice’s landlord.

The landlord issued a notice of eviction to Alice, saying that Kenny’s possession of any marijuana at school violated the Housing Authority’s Drug Free policy.

Alice had no other means of obtaining housing than through public or Section 8 housing. If she had been evicted, she would not be eligible for public or subsidized housing. She came to Legal Aid for help because she was afraid that she and Kenny would be homeless.

Two Legal Aid attorneys represented Alice. One negotiated with the landlord to stop the eviction and a second negotiated with the Housing Authority to maintain her eligibility for subsidized housing. Initially, the landlord offered to let Alice stay in her apartment, but only if she evicted her grandson. Kenny, however, would have been homeless and Alice refused to throw him out.

Facing Legal Aid’s defense of the cases, the landlord agreed to give Alice and Kenny time to move to another Section 8 apartment and the Housing Authority ultimately agreed to allow Alice to keep her housing voucher.

As a result of Legal Aid’s representation, Alice and Kenny have a stable, affordable home.

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