MENU

Code enforcement tags units at Stonybrook Apartments, residents told homes are ‘unsafe'

IMG_2902.JPEG
Code enforcement tags units at Stonybrook Apartments, residents told homes are ‘unsafe' (WPEC)

Nearly two dozen families forced to choose between their health and their home after their apartments were deemed too dangerous to live in.

Riviera Beach Code Enforcement and Riviera Beach Fire Rescue visited Stonybrook Apartments off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Wednesday.

“To make sure smoke detectors are functional, making sure the fire extinguishers are up to date, and any other fire codes," said Dwayne Watson, spokesman for Riviera Beach Fire Rescue.

Watson said they went door to door, scoured about 85 percent of the government run, Section 8 housing and tagged nearly 23 units, advising residents to leave the uninhabitable apartments.

“Making sure those residents that occupy that particular are safe,” he said.

The tags also mean the owners, Global Ministries Foundation, are to act fast and relocate the residents, according to Watson.

In the past, residents reached out to CBS12 regarding the numerous violations and deplorable living conditions inside Stonybrook, like mold, rodents and roaches.

In 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio toured the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and called for a federal investigation on the faith-based company Global Ministries Foundation (GMF), located in Tennessee. Right now, Stonybrook is also managed by Millennia Housing Management, based in Ohio.

Watson says the city code enforcement will inspect the remaining units Thursday.

They also plan to meet with property owners.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER