POUGHKEEPSIE – After Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison were notified of a new round of heating issues at the Rip Van Winkle affordable housing complex in Poughkeepsie, Rep. Maloney sent a letter to Lynne Patton, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Regional Administrator for New York asking the agency to conduct a formal inspection of the property.
“This has really gone on long enough. People shouldn’t have to endure the winter without heat – it’s really that simple,” said Rep. Maloney. “It’s time for HUD to get in the game and get on the ground to figure out our next steps.”
“I am greatly appreciative of the assistance that we have received from Congressman Maloney’s office, both here in the district and in Washington since the fire at the Rip Van Winkle Apartments,” said Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “They have been extremely helpful in our discussions with HUD officials as it relates to the ongoing issue of providing adequate heat and hot water to the residents.”
Rep. Maloney’s office has worked with the Mayor and other officials since a fire at Rip Van Winkle displaced more than 300 residents of the affordable housing complex. His office also facilitated multiple calls with representatives from HUD to discuss next steps regarding these persistent heating issues. Rip Van Winkle housing receives federal funding through HUD to assist low-income families afford housing in the facility.
The full text of the letter is below and an original copy is available here.