One Strike Policy
Violent Drug Criminal Activity
On March 28, 1996, President Clinton signed into law; One Strike and You’re Out Policy. One strike means zero (0) tolerance; which means no second chance. Eviction proceedings will take place on the first offense. Illegal drug activity, criminal activities and alcohol abuse falls under this policy. Leasee agrees that he/she and all household members or guest shall not engage in the:
1. Use, possession, manufactures, sale etc. of illegal drugs, and or criminal activities on or off the Benton Harbor Housing Commission premises, and that he/she is responsible for the actions of any household member, visitor, or guest.
2. Not to engage in the abuse of alcohol or other controlled substances in such a way that may interfere with the health, safety, and right to peaceful enjoyment of their neighbors, staff or commissions. Any violation of these terms will be treated as a serious violation of the material terms of this lease.
AGAIN LEASEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, VISITORS, AND GUEST
Note: Evictions are civil, not criminal matters. A criminal conviction or arrest is not necessary in order to terminate a lease and evict a tenant and or household. Benton Harbor Housing Commission need not meet the criminal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Where State Law requires conviction in order to evict; Federal Law preempts it. Benton Harbor Housing Commission may terminate lease for, reasonable cause to believe.
Important Phone Numbers
The Benton Harbor Housing Commission now has a dedicated Complaint Line
You can voice your concerns by calling
Police or Fire Emergency
City of Benton Harbor
Benton Harbor Area Schools
Benton Harbor Library
Michigan Gas Utilities
Berrien County Health Department
Lakeland Medical Center
Department of Human Services
Social Security Administration
Southwest Community Action Agency
Indiana Michigan Power