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HUD responds to sewage issues in Macon Gardens
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HUD says they're taking action on the sewage issues in Macon Gardens, a low-income housing unit.

The Georgia Department of Housing and Urban Development's Regional Public Affairs Officer Joe Phillips says after seeing 13WMAZ's story about the complex he reached out to property managers at Macon Gardens.

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Phillips spoke with property owners today. He said they are following up, but can't say when the next HUD inspection to properties that fail an inspection are usually conducted within a year.

"When a multi-family housing unit fails a react inspection, their score is such that they didn't pass, usually within a year or more, depending on how the scheduling works they'll have a mandatory re-inspection that will look at those related issues that were found to have caused them to fail with the expectation that they will have corrected them by that time," Phillips said adding, "There's a lot of units out there that are being inspected, so the goal more or less is to get to that developments that have not passed within a year. Sometimes that happens. Sometimes it does not."

The complex hasn't been inspected by HUD since October of 2012, when it received a failing score of 57.

That's after it got a 35 in May 2011, the lowest score in Macon that year and one of the lowest in the state.

WMAZ also spoke with Wanda Watts today, one of the women we introduced you too in a story on Friday. She told us that maintenance workers are at the complex fixing a broken pipe they believe caused the flooding.

She too talked to a HUD representative today after she called the complaints hotline. She says the person she spoke to apologized for the inconvenience.

Phillips said HUD is now looking at when the next inspection for Macon Gardens will be.

"They'll be given a certain amount of time to be able to respond to all of the findings. We'll be the ones following up with them to make sure that they do in fact bring their scores up to a satisfactory level," he said.

Phillips said he couldn't rate the problems at Macon Gardens on a scale of 1 to 10, but did say HUD cares about the welfare of the people who rely on the agency's services.

"We're always concerned about the conditions that tenants are living under especially if it's a multi-family housing unit or a public housing unit. They're entitled to safe and clean housing conditions, so we take these kinds of situations very seriously,"

Phillips said HUD is now ensuring, through communication with the property owners, that the plumbing issues are fixed "within a timely manner.

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