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City of Miami Statement Regarding Civic Towers

(Miami, FL September 19, 2017) - Residents of Civic Towers ( Federal HUD and County funded privately owned buildings) were evacuated for Hurricane Irma.  Upon their return, they were not allowed by the buildings’ owner/management to enter and someone notified  Mayor Tomas Regalado’s office.  Because this property is located in the City of Miami, on Tuesday, September 12th the City’s Building Official and Fire Department conducted a site visit and found there was no electricity, limited generator power, no functioning fire alarm, no water, and structural damage;  therefore not a safe structure, especially for elderly residents.   In addition, an independent inspection was conducted by J.E.M. and came to the same conclusion (see attached report).

It is the responsibility of the buildings’ owner and the funding agencies to provide alternate housing for their tenants.  Since that was not happening,  City of Miami Chief of Emergency Management coordinated with Florida Division of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade County to transport the residents to a shelter.  Only a few accepted.  Again,  it is the responsibility of the buildings’ owner and funding agencies to provide temporary relocation.  Nevertheless,  the City of Miami has provided food, water, and our homeless outreach staff has been assigned there to provide assistance including registering residents with FEMA so they can qualify for assistance.

Click here for Civic Towers LLP - Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment Report

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