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Rubio Introduces HUD Health and Safety Accountability Act to Protect Tenants

Dec 20, 2021 | Press Releases

Miami, FL — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the HUD Health and Safety Accountability Act to hold property owners and managers of Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) housing accountable for health and safety conditions of properties. The legislation would also empower local governments to have more oversight over federal Section 8 PBRA housing within city jurisdiction and reinstate tenant surveys regarding physical conditions.
 
“I have seen firsthand the disgusting conditions that some affordable housing residents are forced to endure due to HUD’s neglect and property mismanagement,” Rubio said. “No one should have to live in fear of their health and safety, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure decent, safe, and sanitary housing for Florida families.”
 
“The HUD Health and Safety Accountability Act will ensure that residents in low-income and subsidized housing are living in healthy homes,” Scott said. “Through these good reforms that will increase compliance, HUD will be able to better serve tenants in need and safeguard their rights. As someone who grew up in public housing, I understand just how important these reforms are and I urge my colleagues to support this good bill so that families everywhere are living in secure and clean properties.” 
 
“The North Tampa Housing Development Corporation (NTHDC) applauds Senator Rubio for introducing the HUD Health and Safety Accountability Act that offers enhanced protections for residents residing in federally subsidized communities,” NTHDC Director Layla Hartz said. “This legislation promotes resident participation and feedback, increased cooperation between local code enforcement departments, HUD and the Contract Administrator, vital reforms to property reviews and inspections and important reforms to HUD oversight. North Tampa Housing Development Corporation shares Senator Rubio’s desire to make affordable housing communities safe, clean, and habitable for all of its residents.”
 
The HUD Health and Safety Accountability Act would:
 

  • Reform mandatory physical inspections and reviews of management to include responsiveness to local code enforcement and to prioritize health/safety conditions;
  • Reinstate tenant surveys based on property condition;
  • Provide tenants with relevant contact resources; and,
  • Require a report on property conditions, compliance with HUD enforcement actions; and unlawfully missed physical inspections.

 
Rubio has long fought for the health and safety of residents of affordable housing. Most recently, Rubio has been fighting for safe and sanitary living conditions for residents at Hilltop Village, Eastside Terrace, and Eastside Gardens, apartment complexes in Jacksonville, Florida, which are all federally contracted under HUD’s Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance program.