Hastings, Deutch, Frankel, Mast, Nelson and Rubio Send Letter to HUD Secretary Carson Expressing Health and Safety Risk for Tenants Living at the Stonybrook Apartments

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 30, 2018 | comments
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), along with Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Brian J. Mast (R-FL), and Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent the following letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben Carson expressing their concern for the current state of disrepair stemming from years of neglect at the Stonybrook Apartments in the City of Riviera Beach. (Please find below and attached a copy of the letter):   

August 30, 2018

The Honorable Ben Carson
Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20410

Dear Secretary Carson: 

On behalf of the residents of the Global Ministries Foundation (GMF) owned properties, we write to express concern for the current state of disrepair stemming from years of neglect. Tenants have come to our offices with reports of leaking ceilings and water pipes, exposed wires, asbestos, and toxic black mold that poses an immediate health and safety risk. These slum-like conditions have made some of the GMF complexes throughout Florida virtually uninhabitable and have rendered dozens of units at Stonybrook, a 260-unit complex occupied predominantly by low-income, African American residents, “unfit for human occupancy” by the City of Riviera Beach. 

While we understand that GMF is expected to finalize the sale of these properties to Millennia Housing Management, Ltd., and that many of the structural repairs are expected to be completed in the near future, we are concerned with the length of time families will be forced to wait, in terrible conditions, for these repairs to be made. 
With this in mind, we request the Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue to work with the GMF properties and swiftly approve requests to access Section 8 Pass-Through Leases. This will help to ensure tenants of these dilapidated complexes will have access to safe and sanitary temporary housing until necessary repairs are made. Doing so will protect tenants from health and safety risks during this transition period while not dismantling tenant access to federal housing assistance. 

We appreciate your commitment to providing safe and affordable housing options for Florida’s low-income families and look forward to working with you on this important issue. 

Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress 

Bill Nelson
United States Senator    
Marco Rubio
United States Senator  

Lois Frankel
Member of Congress  

Ted Deutch
Member of Congress  

Brian J. Mast
Member of Congress

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.


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