Tuscany Pines: Going the Extra Mile
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The lead story in this week’s edition of The Voice concerning potentially dangerous living conditions at Tuscany Pines Apartment Complex on Hwy 1561 north of Stearns highlights the need for safe, affordable housing in McCreary County. However, beyond that, the article draws attention to the need for local and state government officials and agencies to go “the extra mile” when residents are potentially in harm’s way.
Kudos to government officials who have steadfastly pushed for inspections at the complex. Kudos to government officials for wanting state officials to take some sort of action.
However, the buck doesn’t stop with an inspection or even an order to vacate. There’s more that needs to be accomplished.
Until the Tuscany Pines apartment complex is repaired so tenants are safe, or the residents are relocated to safe housing, there is a responsibility at the local level to contact each of the four families currently occupying the buildings. The tenants need to be advised of their rights and the resources available to them. If the tenants need assistance in maneuvering the requirements of applying to public housing, it should be granted. If assistance has not already been offered to the residents of Tuscany Pines, it needs to happen now.
Between local officials and numerous government funded health and social service agencies, the resources and manpower are surely available to assist the tenants of Tuscany Pines as they search for safer homes.