Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District IV
Case Name: Charles Rayford v. Community Development Authority of the City of Madison
Case No.: 2017AP1858
Officials: Lundsten, P.J., Kloppenburg and Fitzpatrick, JJ.
Charles Rayford received housing assistance benefits through a federal program administered by the Community Development Authority of the City of Madison (CDA). Because of a program rule violation by Rayford, the CDA notified Rayford that his benefits would be terminated. Rayford appealed that decision, and a hearing officer upheld the CDA's decision to terminate Rayford's benefits. Rayford brought a certiorari action in circuit court, and the court remanded for a second hearing. Upon remand, the hearing officer again upheld the CDA's decision to terminate Rayford's benefits. Rayford filed a second certiorari action, and the circuit court again remanded the matter. This time a different hearing officer reversed the CDA's termination decision and ordered that Rayford's benefits be commenced again.
Having ultimately prevailed in obtaining reinstatement of his benefits, Rayford initiated, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, this action in the Dane County Circuit Court for damages related to the loss of his housing assistance...