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Am I correct that your second cause of action is for damages to the premises and perhaps also unpaid utilities?
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I am a little confused if the government pays her 100% of the rent, why you would pursue a claim for rent. But the court will allow you to pursue the second cause of action against the tenant regardless of her financial ability to pay damages. Depending upon the amount of the judgment the person may be excluded from receiving future vouchers if you report the claim to the housing program. It is up to you to decide if it is worth the time and expense. I believe the current amount for exclusion is $5000. You can confirm this with the housing authority. If the damage caused is only a few hundred dollars it may not be worth the time and expense. Also some damages may be recoverable from the housing program. You will need to check with them what is required to get reimbursed.
Depending upon the basis of the counterclaim, if she shows up in court and wants to proceed the court may permit her. If she fails to show up, the court may dismiss her counterclaim. If you are both there, you may reach an agreement to mutually dismiss your claims against each other. Without reviewing the pleadings or having a better understanding of the circumstances it is difficult predict.