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Chattanooga Housing Authority bounces back from $1 million write-off

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - Over the past five years, the Chattanooga Housing Authority has written off more than $1 million in uncollectible rent and associated costs.

The loss of money owed by former public housing tenants who either moved out owing back rent or who were evicted for not paying their rent is a perennial problem.

That’s money that can’t be put toward repairs of public housing units or addressing other needs in a time of shrinking federal dollars for that purpose.

But several measures have been put in place that, for the first time in at least five years, allowed CHA to collect more in unpaid rent and other fees in the first quarter than it wrote off.

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