Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding allegations of lead poisoning at the Eureka Garden HUD housing complex in Jacksonville, FL:
“Eureka Garden tenants have been victims of extremely poor management, government inefficiency, and uncertainty about the future of their housing situation for far too long. For over three months, my Senate office has investigated numerous health and safety issues at the complex. The recent reports of children testing positive for lead poisoning at Eureka Garden are alarming and absolutely unacceptable.
“The Department of Housing and Urban Development needs to exercise more urgency in dealing with the prolonged health and safety issues at Eureka Garden, they need to do a better job of communicating with residents and providing timely answers to the questions and concerns they have, and they need to begin immediate testing for unsafe levels of lead at Eureka Garden.”