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Faso calls on HUD to look into living conditions at Bliss

Mar 06, 2018 6:45 am

Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media U.S. Rep. John Faso and Hudson officials are calling on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to investigate living conditions at Bliss Towers. Faso released the letter to Carson March 5, in which he requested immediate action. Faso has asked for a face-to-face meeting with Carson to discuss the conditions at Bliss Towers and the unresponsiveness of HUD's Buffalo regional office staff. “The living conditions at Bliss Towers are completely unacceptable,” Faso said. “What I saw during a recent visit combined with reading the recent inspection reports made it clear that Bliss Towers needs immediate intervention by HUD. By bringing this to the attention of Secretary Carson, it is my hope that immediate progress will be made and HUD’s regional office in Buffalo will step up to the plate in order to solve this problem.” Faso visited Bliss Towers in January at the invitation of Mayor Rick Rector and 2nd Ward Alderperson Tiffany Garriga. Along with Hudson Housing Authority Executive Director Tim Mattice, Faso has also called for an audit of the housing authority’s financial records, tenant files, procurement and use of public housing funds over the past three years. “I am very appreciative of any and all efforts being made to address the needs of Bliss Tower to ensure that the residents are provided a safe and quality place to reside,” Rector said in a statement. The mayor declined further comment on the matter. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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