The most important thing is that the long suffering residents of Atlantic City’s Stanley Holmes Village Apartments are going to finally get the help that they need.

However, it is also important to expose that the Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small administration has not done their job.

We interviewed United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew, NJ-R-2 on December 7, 2022 about the deplorable conditions of Stanley Holmes Village.

It is important to set the record straight that it was Van Drew who blew the whistle on Small and the neglect that was happening at the local level regarding the living conditions of Stanley Holmes Village.

Small became aware of Van Drew’s efforts and went on his own counter offensive to try and lay the sole blame for this disgraceful neglect on the federal government.

There’s plenty of blame to go around, but, Small is not innocent in this human resource tragedy.

Here  is a recap of Van Drew’s efforts:

Van Drew is laying blame right at the feet of the Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small administration. They have known about the many issues plaguing the Stanley Holmes Village Apartments 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.

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 various problems.

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 various 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.

Small has feverishly attempted to flip this scenario in his favor, only after learning that the federal government was moving-in aggressively against the inaction of the Small administration.

Van Drew also 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.

Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt, Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, Bruce Weekes and other members have been very helpful and working collaboratively well together to help these deserving residents, who have been living in inhumane conditions.

Atlantic City Council has led an effort to inspect the current conditions of the Stanley Holmes Village Apartments.

The initial findings are beyond disturbing.

The Stanley Holmes Village Apartments are presently infested with mice, bedbugs and cockroaches.

The Atlantic City Council has confirmed that the current conditions are extreme. In addition to the infestation issues, there are are significant problems with heat, hot water, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and mold.

In conclusion, while it is true that the Stanley Holmes is a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development owned and operated property … the Atlantic City Housing Authority is completely locally selected and managed directly by Small. The Small administration’s hands are not clean in this deeply disturbing situation.

NOTE: Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt will be our on-air guest tomorrow, Friday, December 16, 2022 for the 8:00 a.m. hour.

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