Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People (Houston Housing Authority)

Sarika Ram filed this request with the Houston Housing Authority of Houston, TX.
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From: Sarika Ram

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

-Currently valid policies related to public housing access for previously incarcerated people
-Currently valid policies related to the Authority's valid grounds for evicting tenants (i.e. drug activity)
-Any responses (i.e. emails, press releases, letters) related to Secretary Shaun Donovan's letter dated June 17, 2011 related to providing housing access for previously incarcerated people

Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify via phone at 610-637-7745.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sarika Ram

From: Houston Housing Authority

Good morning,

Please see attached correspondence and documents regarding your request received on August 22, 2018.

Thank you.

Office of General Counsel
Houston Housing Authority
Email: txpublicinfoact@housingforhouston.com
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NOTICE: This electronic transmission (including any files attached hereto) contains information that is confidential and may be legally privileged and exempt from disclosure. The information is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or any employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, dissemination, copying, distribution, or the taking of any reliance on the contents of this confidential information is strictly prohibited. Delivery of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privileges. If you have received this communication in error, please destroy it and immediately notify us by telephone. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. The agency therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message, which arise as a result of e-mail transmission. If verification is required, please request a hard-copy version. Thank you. HOUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, www.housingforhouston.com<http://www.housingforhouston.com/>.

From: Sarika Ram

Hello,
Thank you for promptly providing responsive records. I'd like to modify this request to additionally include the following:

-Currently valid policies/procedures regarding obtaining criminal conviction records from law enforcement agencies and sex offender registration information from the appropriate state/local agency responsible for the maintenance of sex offender registration program
-Any reports compiling the data of applicants to public housing and Section 8 housing assistance from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
-Any reports compiling the data of public housing and Section 8 housing assistance denials and the basis of those denials between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any logs of police reports related to activity in public housing and Section 8-subsidized units between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any grievances/complaints of discrimination submitted between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 including any of the following words/phrases:
-crime
-crimes
-criminal
-convict
-convicted
-sex offense
-sex offender
-jail
-prison
-correctional facility
-probation
-parole
-conviction record
-arrest record

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Sarika

From: Houston Housing Authority

Good afternoon,

Please see attached correspondence regarding your request received on October 22, 2018. Please contact me at the number provided on the correspondence or provide me with a number where I could contact you to discuss your request. I believe a conversation regarding the information you are requesting and what HHA may be able to provide will better enable us to make sure you receive the information you are seeking.

Thank you,

Jennifer Watson
Senior Paralegal
Office of General Counsel
Houston Housing Authority
Email: txpublicinfoact@housingforhouston.com
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NOTICE: This electronic transmission (including any files attached hereto) contains information that is confidential and may be legally privileged and exempt from disclosure. The information is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or any employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, dissemination, copying, distribution, or the taking of any reliance on the contents of this confidential information is strictly prohibited. Delivery of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privileges. If you have received this communication in error, please destroy it and immediately notify us by telephone. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. The agency therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message, which arise as a result of e-mail transmission. If verification is required, please request a hard-copy version. Thank you. HOUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, www.housingforhouston.com<http://www.housingforhouston.com/>.

From: Sarika Ram

Hello,
My apologies for the vagueness of my request.

In regards to Query 2, I'm interested in the DEMOGRAPHIC information of NEW applicants to public housing and Section 8 housing assistance in the time period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

In regards to Query 3, I'm interested in the BASIS for denials of NEW applicants to public housing and Section 8 housing assistance in the time period between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

In regards to Query 5, I'm interested in TENANT/CLIENT grievances including the following words/phrases:
-crime
-crimes
-criminal
-convict
-convicted
-sex offense
-sex offender
-jail
-prison
-correctional facility
-probation
-parole
-conviction record
-arrest record

Please let me know if I can provide any further clarification, and please feel free to give me a call at (610) 637-7745.

Thanks,
Sarika

From: Houston Housing Authority

Good afternoon,

Please see attached correspondence and documents regarding your request.

Thank you.

Office of General Counsel
Houston Housing Authority
Email: txpublicinfoact@housingforhouston.com
www.housingforhouston.com<http://www.housingforhouston.com/>
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NOTICE: This electronic transmission (including any files attached hereto) contains information that is confidential and may be legally privileged and exempt from disclosure. The information is intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or any employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, dissemination, copying, distribution, or the taking of any reliance on the contents of this confidential information is strictly prohibited. Delivery of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privileges. If you have received this communication in error, please destroy it and immediately notify us by telephone. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. The agency therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message, which arise as a result of e-mail transmission. If verification is required, please request a hard-copy version. Thank you. HOUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, www.housingforhouston.com<http://www.housingforhouston.com/>.

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