Q: Living in section 8 and guest won’t leave the premise
I have a friend who lives in section 8 housing, she has a family member who stayed the night and now he will not leave, he’s been there for a week already because he refused to leave, She’s very afraid, he will not allow her back in her house and has also threaten her life, what can she do without jeopardizing her section 8 housing?
A: She can go to the District Court Commissioner’s Office, fill out a petition for protection from domestic violence, and if granted the Commissioner will issue an order of protection forcing the family member out and to stay away. It will be served by the Sheriff or police and he will be forcibly removed from her house. She will have to appear before a judge to get the order continued longer, and after a hearing the judge can extend the order up to a year. Violation of such an order is itself a crime. When she goes to file the petition she will also be given information for obtaining assistance through the victim support staff as well as House of Ruth, which may provide her with a lawyer.
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