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Politicians call on HUD to inspect low income housing complex

Posted: 4:49 PM, Oct 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-28 20:49:02Z

Politicians are asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to release the inspection results for Jones Walker Palm Garden apartments. 

Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson penned a letter to HUD asking for the release of the apartment's inspection results. 

They expressed that knowing the results can help them assist the community. 

"This much needed transparency would allow us to better service tenants and constituents impacted by these substandard conditions," they wrote in the letter. 

Fort Myers City Councilman Johnny Streets said, the residents are concerned about insects and rodents that are entering their homes. 

"They are concerned, of course, about bed bugs, they're concerned about insects, rodents biting their children or contaminating their food. This is 2018, and I don't think any people should be living like this," Streets said.

Streets has stepped into to assist in the process of getting the inspection completed and improving conditions, he said. 

Fox 4 In Your Corner was told the apartment owner tried to improve conditions but roaches and rodent infestations are still a problem. 

The Lee County's department of Health was contacted to see if they plan to inspect Jones Walker, but have yet to hear back.