After the hearing and the conclusion of any extension period, the Hearing Officer will review all documents submitted, the testimony of any witnesses, and all statements made by you and the Leased Housing representative during the hearing. The Hearing Officer will also review all applicable BHA policies and HUD regulations to determine whether to uphold or reverse the Leased Housing Division’s decision to terminate your Section 8 assistance. A written decision is typically mailed within 12 weeks of the hearing date. During the wait time, you are still considered a Section 8 participant and the BHA will continue to pay your subsidy (unless you have moved out of or been evicted from your apartment and the BHA has not approved a new lease.) However, you will not be able to relocate. If the hearing decision is in your favor, you will continue as a Section 8 participant in good standing. If the hearing decision is not in your favor, you will receive a separate letter notifying you of the date the subsidy will actually end. This would be the date that you would become responsible for the full rent of your apartment. After a decision is made, do not attempt to contact the Hearing Officer—you will not be permitted to speak with him/her. Any inquiries should be directed to your Leasing Officer or to the Department of Grievances and Appeals front desk at 617-988-4579. The hearing decision is final and you will not be able to appeal the hearing decision with the BHA. You may be able to appeal to a court of law, but the Department of Grievances and Appeals will not be able to refer you to legal services or advise you on how to appeal.