Lawson Sends Letter to HUD Secretary Calling for Help for Public Housing
WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Rep. Al Lawson sent aletter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, calling on him to make sure the federal government is doing everything possible to improve public housing in Florida’s fifth congressional district.
During his first district work week, Rep. Lawson visited residents at Eureka Gardens in Jacksonville. Lawson has heard personal accounts from residents that they have had mold in apartments, broken plumbing, crumbling stairs, gas leaks, air conditioning not working, and no hot water.
Lawson wrote to Carson, “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 and not be forced to live under conditions that threaten their health or safety.”
He also called on HUD to investigate the past practices at Eureka Gardens that led to terrible living conditions.
Lawson brought up his request for assistance during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. You can read his testimony here.