Atlantic City Mayor Drops The Ball; NJ Cong. Van Drew Picks It Up
United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-2-NJ, is stepping-up to help the residents of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Stanley S. Holmes Village Apartments.
We have confirmed that the federal government has noted several significant problems at the local Atlantic City level.
None of this has been reported until now. Read this article all the way through, as there is major breaking news contained in this report.
Many residents at the Stanley Holmes Village Apartments are currently without working heat, as we enter the fast approaching winter season.
Van Drew is laying blame right at the feet of the Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small administration. They have known about the heat issue for many weeks and have not properly addressed it.
We have learned that Van Drew has written two letters; one to the United States Housing & Urban Development and a second letter the Atlantic City Housing Authority.
Van Drew has received instant action from HUD, who advised that they’ve will be sending an official response to Van Drew’s inquiry … However, HUD has provided Van Drew with fast initial comments, as follows:
On November 29, 2022, HUD told Van Drew:
“HUD at no point in time has prohibited or stopped the Atlantic City Housing Authority from hiring. HUD does not get involved in personnel matters.”
This is important, because Small has been blaming HUD for the lack of action regarding the heating problems.
We have also confirmed that HUD was onsite at the Atlantic City Housing Authority on November 16, 2022 and that they met with the Executive Director and the Board Chairwoman.
Van Drew and the other attendees at a meeting held at Stanley Holmes discussed the current impediments and how to improving the conditions at Stanley Holmes and other developments. They have agreed on a path going forward.
The working partners have communicated directly with the Atlantic City Housing Authority, advising them that the Office of Public Housing would be conducting a full compliance monitoring review of the Atlantic City Housing Authority in the later part of January, 2023.
In a recent hastily called press conference, Small presented information about progress made. This was quite disingenuous, as it was Van Drew who has generated a call to action to help resolve this crisis.
Since the Van Drew intervention, the Office of Public Housing and the Executive Director, as well as the Board Chairwoman of Atlantic City Housing Authority have been communicating with one another directly.
The City of Atlantic City has been advised that they must adhere to all federal regulations.
We have also confirmed that Van Drew had a phone call meeting with HUD and was advised that:
- HUD is advocating for a national search for a new Atlantic City Housing Director.
- The Atlantic City Housing Authority has submitted documents 3 months late, which resulted in certain issues at Stanley Holmes, and that HUD processed these documents properly and immediately once submitted.
The bottom line is that the Small administration has dropped the ball on the Stanley Holmes Village Apartments.
Congressman Van Drew has stepped-up to get the ball rolling again.
Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz has been very helpful and is working well and collaboratively with Van Drew to fix this current major health crisis in Atlantic City.
Local Atlantic City businessman John Exadaktilos purchased dozens of portable heaters to help these Atlantic City residents until a permanent fix can be achieved.
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