Al Lawson wants Lenny Curry, HUD, to investigate issues at the Hilltop Village Apartments in Jacksonville
In this week, US MP Al Lawson, D-Fla., Has joined US Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., When presenting problems with Hilltop Village Apartments in Jacksonville.
Lawson’s office announced Thursday that the Congressman had contacted him Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry “To examine the inferior conditions that the residents of the Hilltop Village Apartments in Jacksonville have to endure,” as they paint a somber picture.
“Residents have complained of rodent and roach infestations, live mold spores, and exposed trash across the property,” noted Lawson’s office. “He also demands that the residents be relocated immediately in order to ensure a proper destruction process and rehabilitation of the property.
Lawson held out his hand too US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sec. Marcia Fudge in that case.
“It is unacceptable that young mothers who live in the units and work to raise healthy children are forced to put their food in airtight containers so that pathogenic rodents cannot interfere with their child’s development,” Lawson said Thursday . “I urge the City of Jacksonville to move these vulnerable residents to safe and clean temporary housing while the city and the HUD address this dire situation.”
On Wednesday, Rubio sent a letter to Fudge asking her to improve conditions at the Hilltop Village Apartments.
“The letter follows reports of unacceptable conditions on the property, as well as a visit from the Senator’s on-site staff to find evidence of severe rodent infestation and chronic garbage overflow across the property. The Hilltop Village Apartments are being contracted by the federal government as part of the Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance program, ”said Rubio’s office.
“I am writing to draw your attention to the unsafe and unsanitary living conditions my constituents are currently facing in the Hilltop Village Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida,” wrote Rubio Fudge. “After my employees contacted the affected residents directly, they visited the facility on May 3, 2021. During these visits, my employees met with tenants and found disturbing indications of severe rodent infestation and a chronic garbage overflow on the entire property. Renters will continue to find rodents in bedding, kitchen cabinets, indoor furniture, bathrooms, and more generally. “
“I call for immediate action to ensure constituents are guaranteed the safe and hygienic living conditions afforded them by law,” Rubio continued. “This needs to include an immediate REAC inspection to update the property’s inspection value, as well as the need for remedial action to ensure that the rodent infestation is resolved quickly and completely. I also call for a management and occupancy review to be carried out and for any penalties on property or management for non-compliance to be enforced. “
Late last week, Rubio Fudge wrote a similar letter asking them to improve conditions at the Eastside Terrace Apartments and Eastside Gardens Apartments, which are also part of the Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance program. Both apartments are located in Jacksonville.
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