United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-NJ-2 has Just formally called for an immediate federal takeover of The Atlantic City Housing Authority.

Van Drew has sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge, citing a complete failure to endure safe living conditions for residents of South Jersey.

This is Congressman Van Drew’s public statement in its entirety:

Because of the total lack of leadership by the Atlantic City Housing Authority and its complete inability to do its job, families in the Authority's communities have been left with no heat and no hot water as we approach the height of winter, which will have significant impacts on the health of its residents. This is unacceptable and deeply disturbing that Atlantic City bureaucrats have faced no accountability and no consequences for the terrible conditions residents are faced with, said Congressman Van Drew.

Van Drew concluded with, "We gave the Authority more than enough time to remedy its failures, but it is clear that it does not possess the ability, nor competency, to get the job done. Therefore, the federal government must immediately take over the Authority so residents can have safe and livable conditions,” said Van Drew.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has determined that the Atlantic City Housing Authority is a deeply troubled organization.

It’s current evaluation places the troubled Atlantic City agency just one step away from being taken over by HUD.

Van Drew’s push here could tip this situation in favor of a federal takeover.

This is a developing story.

Updates as warranted.

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