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Good Morning, Buffalo: Flooded stairwells, lead, asbestos at deteriorating Perry projects, audit says

Good Morning, Buffalo: Flooded stairwells, lead, asbestos at deteriorating Perry projects, audit says

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Jan. 14, 2022


The Perry Public Housing project in Buffalo. 

Flooded stairwells, lead, asbestos at deteriorating Perry projects, audit says

Flooded stairwells filled with garbage.

Abandoned apartments that anyone could enter through open windows. Ramshackle rooms that are an injury risk to trespassers. 

A deteriorating property with lead and asbestos contamination.

That's what federal auditors found at Buffalo's Commodore Perry Homes, an abandoned public housing project just south of the I-190 and east of downtown that is owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

HUD auditors cite dangers at Perry projects

This photo was one of several taken inside the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Commodore Perry Homes by auditors from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The News’ Jerry Zremski reports on the critical audit issued by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"The 25 buildings covering seven blocks continue to deteriorate and present urgent ongoing health and safety concerns for the surrounding residents and local community, including the potential for increased crime,” the report warns.

The audit adds that BMHA “did not adequately address urgent, ongoing health and safety issues with the vacant development.”



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