|HUD No. 10-204
September 21, 2010
HUD APPROVES DEMOLITION FOR UNSAFE LAKE MONROE TERRACE, PROTECTS RESIDENTS WITH VOUCHERS
HUD provided Sanford Housing Authority $1.3 million in emergency relocation funding in August
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has approved the demolition of 100 sub-standard public housing units at the Lake Monroe Terrace public housing development in Sanford, Fla. and approved the Sanford Housing Authority's (SHA) request for 86 rental assistance vouchers for current residents. The vouchers will give these families an opportunity to find long-term housing in a safe and habitable home.
In August, HUD provided the Sanford Housing Authority with $1.3 million in emergency funding to relocate the Lake Monroe Terrace families; provide temporary rental assistance and to secure the development. The housing authority will also receive $650,000 to fund the 86 vouchers for one year that will be renewed annually.
"While low-income families desperately need housing, families should not have to endure the living conditions they were subjected to at this development," said HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims who announced the vouchers at a speech to the Florida Housing Coalition Conference. "Thanks to the strong advocacy of Congresswoman Brown and with this approval, I am pleased the Sanford Housing Authority can close the chapter on Lake Monroe Terrace and turn a new page for these families."
"I am very pleased that the Obama Administration has approved the much needed demolition and Section 8 vouchers necessary to begin replacing Lake Monroe Terrace. Secretary Shaun Donovan, Deputy Secretary Ron Sims and Region IV Southeast Administrator Ed Jennings Jr., have been excellent partners and fully engaged in fixing the problems facing the Sanford Housing Authority," said Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
"The local elected officials, Sanford Housing Authority Board, and other stakeholders all need to work together as one team to ensure that these residents live in safe, decent housing. This funding will allow us to start that process," she continued.
Lake Monroe Terrace was built in 1972 and over the years conditions had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer cost effective to repair the units. SHA submitted an application to demolish the units in June. HUD's demolition approval triggered the eligibility for SHA to receive "Tenant Protection Vouchers" that will allow these families to rent housing from private landlords while paying no more than 30 percent of their income for rent.
Earlier this year, HUD conducted an assessment of SHA management operations when HUD received complaints about poor housing conditions and overall management deficiencies. HUD advised the Sanford Housing Authority Board of Directors to seek management guidance from an experienced agency. This has resulted in a temporary management agreement with the Orlando Housing Authority after the SHA board removed its executive director earlier this year.
Using the emergency funding, families have begun to relocate and to date approximately a dozen families have relocated with the remaining families working with the Orlando Housing Authority to locate alternative housing. HUD will continue to work with the SHA and the Orlando Housing to ensure all residents are provided safe, decent housing opportunities.
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