Last week, I joined residents and new owners of the former Eureka Gardens to break ground on a new era of hope for the long-troubled housing complex.
It took a lot of work to get to this point, but the residents and families were steadfast and determined to bring much-needed change to their community.
I first visited the complex 10 days after taking office and returned a few weeks later to tour homes and witness the living conditions. I remember crumbling staircases, boarded up windows and pest infestations. No family should have to experience these living conditions.
I was determined to do everything in my power to help the families at Eureka Gardens. Working with City Council, U.S. Senators Rubio and Nelson, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, we now have a new owner committed to investing millions of dollars in renovations and improvements to the property.
This success would not be possible if not for the bravery and bold actions of the residents of Eureka Gardens. They proved that with resiliency, a group of devoted citizens truly can make a difference.
We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go. To the families and residents of the newly named Valencia Way, know that your mayor and your city are here for you. Welcome home!