After visiting the residents of Silver Oaks Apartments in East Tampa, councilwoman Lynn Hurtak has pledged to help ensure that their living conditions improve.
The affordable housing complex has been plagued with problems—including rodents, black mold and collapsing ceilings—due to poor upkeep from management.
"Yesterday residents of the Silver Oaks apartment complex invited me into their homes to show me firsthand the disturbing conditions in which they are forced to live. I saw — and smelled — the black mold, rodent droppings, and rampant disrepair, a solution for which residents have been begging for months," Hurtak wrote in a city memo today.
Hurtak's memo added that affordable housing, "has for too long been synonymous with unsafe housing," and said she is dedicated to defending the right of every Tampa resident to have access to safe housing.
Hurtak's memo pointed to research which shows that human exposure to molds, mycotoxins, and water-damaged buildings can have significant adverse effects to the nervous systems of both children and adults.
"I pledge to Silver Oaks residents to work with every available regulatory agency, including Mayor Castor, city staff, and Commissioner Fried’s office, to ensure their homes are safe living spaces," Hurtak wrote.
On Facebook, a resident at Silver Oaks posted that the gate was opened this morning.