CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- For decades, Chattanooga public housing residents have been charged only a $5 penalty for late rent.

This month CHA board Chairman Eddie Holmes asked state legislators to boost the late fee up to10 percent of a person's rent.

The bill has passed in the House and Senate and the proposed increase will be presented to Chattanooga Housing Authority board members in May.

CHA will have a 30-day public comment period starting this month. Housing officials expect to have information concerning the proposed increase on its website today at

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