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CHA Residents Protest Plan For Drug Testing

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Altgeld Gardens (Credit: Chicago Housing Authority)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Some public housing residents are protesting the Chicago Housing Authority’s proposal for mandatory drug testing.

The day before a public hearing, about two dozen residents chanted and marched outside the Chicago Housing Authority’s headquarters, 60 E. Van Buren.

“They are using the drug thing … in order to get us out,” said one resident.

Residents say blanket drug testing violates their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures and is a form of profiling.

“This proposal is not only a violation of my Fourth Amendment rights but insulting to me as a senior and a resident of CHA,” another resident said.


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Also up before the authority is a plan to eliminate the so-called ‘innocent tenant defense.”

That proposal would allow the CHA to evict a tenant because of a relative’s or guest’s crimes – even if the resident didn’t know about it.

The CHA will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center, 4859 S. Wabash.

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