By MARK BOONE / NewsChannel 36
A new rule adopted Wednesday by the Charlotte Housing Authority will affect residents of the city’s public housing complexes and tenants who receive vouchers through the Section 8 program.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will monitor a child’s unexcused absences. Parents will be warned after three missed days, and again after six absences.
Ten unexcused absences in a single academic year can result in a termination of housing assistance for the child’s family.
Parents will have the right to request an informal hearing to appeal the loss of benefits.
“Many families’ children are going to school, they’re working hard,” said Jennifer Gallman, a CHA spokesperson. “But there are some exceptions.”
About 5,000 children would be subject to the Housing Authority’s truancy policy, which applies to students between the ages of 7 and 15.
“That will make some of these parents more responsible,” said Toure Bradley, a father of two boys and resident of the Housing Authority’s Arbor Glen community.
“When you give someone an ultimatum that you have to do things then you’ll see a lot of parents stepping up and taking responsibility,” he said.