Watchdog Report: Veterans left stranded amid squalor, crime at Somers Point apartment complex
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- No signed contracts exist that would bind The Gates at Somers Point owners to the promises they made to turn the complex into a safe, veterans-only complex.
- The complex owners say they were counting on housing vouchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist their tenants in paying rent. However, only 60 of those vouchers are available for Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties combined.
- The complex has a history of failed inspections with both the state and the city of Somers Point. Problems, such as damaged sidewalks and inadequate storm drainage, that have persisted through multiple inspections.
- The Gates at Somers Point is the highest crime area of the city, with 515 calls for service recorded last year.
- Community Quest, the nonprofit that spearheaded the Veterans Point project, pulled out last year, leaving residents who had signed leases with the complex owners behind.
A bill that would give preference to veterans who qualify for affordable housing assistance is advancing in both the senate and assembly.
Bill Butler, commander of American Legion Post 352 in Somers Point, said ensuring veterans find good housing is critical, especially after the failed veterans housing project at The Gates at Somers Point apartment complex, seen here.
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012 12:00 am
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