Washington Law Review




Plaintiff applied for admission to a low income housing program administered by the Toledo Metropolitan Housing Authority. The Authority's regulation concerning admission to the program provided several standards for determining an applicant's character eligibility. The regulations required that applicants of unqualified character be declared ineligible on the general grounds of "non-desirability." Plaintiff was denied a place on the waiting list for housing program vacancies on those grounds. Her request for the specific facts supporting the Housing Authority's decision was denied, and her appeal for a "fair hearing" to contest the decision was refused. Plaintiff brought suit to enjoin the Housing Authority from refusing to grant a hearing. Held: To satisfy the due process guarantee of the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, applicants for public housing must be afforded a "fair hearing" to contest a decision to deny benefits. Davis v. Toledo Metropolitan Housing Authority, 311 F. Supp. 795 (N.D. Ohio 1970).

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