The Framingham Housing Authority and the Framingham Police Department began a part-time program in 1994 after reviewing issues in its developments that took both time and resources from the police and housing staff. After seeing much success at a part-time level, and the work multiplying, it was decided in 1996 to form a full time partnership to enhance the quality of life for the residents of the Framingham Housing.
The authority subsidizes approximately 800 housing units under the Section 8 Federal Rental Assistance Program throughout the town, and also owns 1,069 public housing units.
Application Background Check
The Housing Authority Liaison Officer Sean Riley and a staff person from the authority review all applications for Housing. A criminal background check is done on all applicants and household members over 17 years of age. Under a special agreement with the FBI, criminal records from out of state are also requested when a background check on all applicants is done, and reveals residency outside of Massachusetts.
Denial, Appeals & Eviction
Any applicant with a history of violent or drug related crimes is denied housing. Once denied, the applicant has a right to appeal; at the appeal a decision is made to uphold the denial or allow the applicant housing. In 2005, the authority had hearings with 56 denials. Out of the 56 applicants who appealed, only 6 were allowed housing.
In 2005, there were 15 residents evicted through the courts who were major problems to both the Housing Authority and the Police Department. The Liaison Officer serves as a witness in court for the Housing Authority in eviction cases.