HUD Can't Stop City's Condemnation of Subsidized Property

HUD Can't Stop City's Condemnation of Subsidized Property



Facts: The City of Joliet, Ill., condemned a subsidized multifamily complex it believed to be so run-down that it constituted a public nuisance. The owners of Evergreen Terrace went to court to stop the city's condemnation, arguing that because the complex is a Section 8 development, federal law barred the city from acting. After the court ruled that Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 [42 U.S.C. §1437f] does not preempt local law, HUD intervened in the case.

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