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March 28, 2014

Court slams agency for revoking jailed man's housing

Waiting list for vouchers in 'tens of thousands'

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The woman told police that Furtick had, in fact, shot her in 1969, and in 1970, he blew up their home, a crime for which Furtick spent seven years in what is now known as MCI Concord, according to the police report. At some point after that, Furtick received his housing voucher from the BHA, which allowed him to move to any qualified apartment, whether or not it was in Boston.

After a long estrangement, the couple, both in poor health, reconnected about three years prior to the 2011 incident, and she moved into Furtick’s subsidized Salem apartment. But as their relationship again deteriorated, she told police she feared for her life at the hands of Furtick.

After his arrest, Furtick was held in custody at Middleton Jail. In December 2011, he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six months in jail and 15 months of probation, to include batterer’s counseling and an alcohol evaluation.

Court records show that he was considered competent to stand trial.

While Furtick was in custody, the BHA sent him notice of an annual recertification meeting in November, then a second meeting in December, neither of which Furtick attended. His attorneys say that he never received those notices because he was in jail.

Nor did he receive notices of the termination proceedings that followed or the letter telling him that his voucher was being reclaimed by the BHA on March 31, a day after he was released from Middleton.

According to Brown’s decision, the news triggered hallucinations in Furtick, who ended up hospitalized in a psychiatric ward for a week, then spent several more days in a shelter before being allowed to move back into the apartment.

Without the Section 8 subsidy, however, he soon fell behind on his rent, and Loring Towers Associates began eviction proceedings.

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