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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Lawson on Eureka Gardens Failing HUD Inspection

March 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – News reports out of Jacksonville, Fla., have indicated that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Real Estate Assessment Center notified the City of Jacksonville earlier today that the Eureka Gardens public housing complex failed a recent inspection. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement:

“Failing inspection is completely unacceptable. Like most Americans, the residents of Eureka Gardens want a clean, affordable, and safe place to raise their families and to call home. It is my firm belief that people who pay rent, regardless of their income, neighborhood, or whether they live in privately owned or public housing, have the right to expect and get routine maintenance. No one should be forced to live under conditions that threaten their health or safety.

I am renewing my call on federal officials at HUD to launch an investigation into how Global Ministries Foundation was not held accountable sooner for units falling into disrepair and how we plan to work together to do everything in our power to prevent these kind of atrocities in the future. The residents of Eureka Gardens deserve better.”