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Larson Calls Meeting With Secretary Carson and Clay Arsenal Residents

June 4, 2018
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement after meeting with Housing and Urban Department (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on the developments regarding the Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments and the recent decision by HUD to terminate the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments to the property and specifically to the owner Emmanuel Ku.

“I want to thank Secretary Carson for taking the time and coming to Hartford to hear directly from myself, community leaders and most importantly the residents that have endured such hardship within this property. These residents rose-up, organized and demanded action to an injustice. For too long these residents have been subjected to unsanitary, dangerous, and deplorable conditions at Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments. These conditions are directly attributed to the neglect and disregard from their landlord and the building’s owner, Emmanuel Ku, an individual with an extensive history of exploiting low-income housing properties and the residents for personal gain. Last week’s announcement and today’s meeting was a step forward, but these tenants still have a long way to go. I will continue to work with them to see that these residents are relocated to a safe and healthy living environment, and to ensure that policies are put in place so that no other community has to endure what they have gone through,” said Larson.

Last December Congressman Larson sent a letter to Secretary Carson demanding action for the residents of Clay Arsenal and has been an outspoken advocate for the Clay Arsenal residents and the Promise Zone neighborhoods.