HUD to visit Macon Gardens apartments | News
HUD public affairs officer Joe Phillips says representatives of the agency will visit Macon Gardens in the next 30 days. But they're saying the visit is not an inspection.
Congressman Sanford Bishop says he is aware of the problems and has contacted HUD as well. He hasn't visited the complex himself, but a member of his staff has.
"I have already gone out there through my staff and been furnished with pictures. She went out and she took pictures and the memos that she provided me she attached the photos of the complex . And there obviously were some problems and, of course, those problems will have to be addressed by the Macon Housing Authority and HUD and Dorchester of Carrollton,"
Macon Gardens is the Section 8-subsidized apartment complex where tenants showed us sewage coming up into one woman's tub.
We first showed you that problem Friday. 13WMAZ visited the complex again Wednesday.
This time, we spoke with a woman named Crystal Jolly.
She has two small children, including a two-month-old.
Her apartment is infested with roaches and mold. Both her heating and air conditioning units are broken.
HUD came to her apartment the last time the agency did an inspection in October of 2012, and she says just before the inspection maintenance workers patched up the holes in her walls but didn't make any permanent changes.
She is hoping the next time HUD visits things will be different.
HUD public affairs officer Joe Phillips says he became aware of the latest problems at Macon Gardens after seeing 13WMAZ's story.
He says an official inspection has yet to be scheduled.
13WMAZ's Kristen Swilley stopped by the onsite management office again.
She told a representative a tenant contacted 13WMAZ and told us repairs were happening. Kristen asked for a comment, but the employee declined.