61 FR 63758, Dec. 2, 1996, unless otherwise noted.
This part is designed to ensure that in certain public housing eviction proceedings recipients refrain from defending persons charged with or convicted of illegal drug activities.
(a) Controlled substance has the meaning given that term in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802);
(b) Public housing project and public housing agency have the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a);
(c) Charged with means that a person is subject to a pending criminal proceeding instituted by a governmental entity with authority to initiate such proceeding against that person for engaging in illegal drug activity.
Recipients are prohibited from defending any person in a proceeding to evict that person from a public housing project if:
(a) The person has been charged with or has been convicted of the illegal sale, distribution, or manufacture of a controlled substance, or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute; and
(b) The eviction proceeding is brought by a public housing agency on the basis that the illegal drug activity for which the person has been charged or for which the person has been convicted threatens the health or safety of other tenants residing in the public housing project or employees of the public housing agency.
Each recipient shall adopt written policies and procedures to guide its staff in complying with this part and shall maintain records sufficient to document the recipient's compliance with this part.