Grand County Housing Authority should do a little house-cleaning
To the Editor:
I find it curious that Jim Sheehan, Grand County Housing Authority director, states that he first found out about the mold problem at Fox Run in March of 2008. How can this be true when he was quoted by Tonya Bina when the cover-up first came out on the front page of Sky-Hi Daily News that he’d known about the mold for six years? I had several conversations with Mr. Sheehan about the mold found in my Fox Run apartment by the NWCCOG during an energy audit before the date he claims he first found out about it.
The truth is that the Housing Authority knew they had severe mold infestation in most of the upper-row apartments and knowingly rented these unhealthy units for years.
Anybody who complained was threatened with eviction. Being low-income to begin with, they had no legal recourse because no local lawyer would even consider taking their cases knowing that they would be going up against the county and a large law firm retained by the Housing Authority.
The Housing Authority should do some house cleaning in its own organization. Start telling the truth, please. Start using Fox Run to benefit lower income folks, not ostracize and penalize them. And for anyone thinking about moving into Fox Run … beware. There are many affordable rentals available in the county right now with decent, honest landlords who do business based on trust and integrity.
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