WASHINGTON- Problems at a Jacksonville public housing community have led to an upcoming hearing on Capitol Hill.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee will hold hearings on the process the Department of Housing and Urban Development uses to to inspect public housing properties.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio pushed for the hearings in response to problems at Jacksonville's Eureka Gardens community, managed by the Global Ministries Foundation. GMF receives millions from HUD each year to operate Eureka Gardens and five other communities in Jacksonville.
The community has been plagued by safety and health violations yet continued to receive federal funding.
“We've been on top of the slumlords at Global Ministries Foundation for a year now. And this is another step in holding them accountable,” said Rubio, who will speak as a witness at the hearing.
“They’ve been stealing taxpayer dollars. They’ve been endangering the health and safety of people. And I've been disgusted by these slumlords. They’re crooks. But I'm glad we're able to keep highlighting what they did, and fix the way the federal government does housing inspections, so this can be prevented from ever happening again to anyone in the future."
Tracy Grant, the head of the Eureka Gardens Tenant Association, is also slated to testify at the hearings.
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development will hold the hearing Thursday, September 22, at 10 a.m.