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Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding news that the Windsor Cove federal housing complex in Orlando, Florida, owned and operated by the Global Ministries Foundation, received a Notice of Default from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
 
“After witnessing the atrocious conditions at Windsor Cove during my visit with Senator Nelson earlier this week, I am not surprised by the news that another property owned by the Global Ministries Foundation has received a Notice of Default. This is one more exhibit in the slam-dunk case against the slumlords running these complexes and stealing money from the American taxpayers.
 
“Inspectors found 59 health and safety deficiencies at the property, including damaged roofs, obstructed accessibility routes, broken locks, stuck windows, and of course, air quality polluted by mold. Global Ministries Foundation keeps leaving behind the same signature trail of mismanagement, resident intimidation, and the stench of rotting mold at every property they own.
 
“The clock has started for Mr. Hamlet to remediate these deficiencies, and he has 60 days to do it. For the sake of the families and small children that are trapped in this slum, I hope he meets this deadline. But 60 days of living in the presence of health-damaging conditions is far too long for the residents of Windsor Cove.
 
“The amendments I added to H.R. 2577 would reduce the amount of time an owner has to respond to physical deficiencies to 15 days and if he doesn’t, gives HUD 30 days to develop a plan to fix it. They would also give tenants access to temporary relocation assistance in situations just like this where health threats have been found, but the property has not yet been condemned. I urge the conferees for H.R. 2577 to make these amendments a priority to ensure the health and safety of public housing tenants nationwide.”