TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A U.S. Representative from the Tampa Bay area is calling for a congressional hearing on family housing issues at military bases, including MacDill Air Force Base.
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) sent a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Monday requesting the hearing. Wasserman Schultz is the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
In his letter, Rep. Crist states that military families around the country, including in Tampa, “continue to suffer from mold and other health hazards in poorly maintained and neglected family housing.”
“I understand the military has taken actions to improve oversight and accountability of privatized housing,” Crist said in the letter. “However, I remain concerned and more must be done.”
8 On Your Side has been tracking the mold issues at MacDill all year. Jeff Patterson has spoken with families who live at the base and attorneys representing those families.
Just last week, military leaders were grilled by Senators about the problems with base housing.
In his letter, Crist acknowledges a previous Congressional hearing on the topic but says more attention is needed.
“As we approach the FY2021 budget cycle, I believe our Committee’s oversight responsibilities would be bolstered by another hearing, with witnesses appropriate for conducting proper oversight,” he said.
8 ON YOUR SIDE’S FULL COVERAGE OF MOLD AT MACDILL:
- Military leaders grilled by Senators over housing issues at MacDill, other bases
- Attorney files suit against private companies that maintain military housing at MacDill
- Congresswoman Castor calls for action on MacDill mold issue
- Private company in charge of maintaining MacDill housing responds to mold complaints
- More families complain about mold contamination at MacDill
- ‘Despicable’: Mold problems still an issue for families at MacDill AFB
- New report highlights more mold and maintenance problems for MacDill housing
- Military leaders answer tough questions about living conditions on military bases, including MacDill
- Military leaders answering to Senate committee amid reports of mold at MacDill
- Air Force secretary visiting MacDill after complaints of mold in homes
- Mold issues at MacDill now getting attention from the highest levels
- MacDill families getting help with mold issues