Senators speak out on Riviera Beach housing complex

Posted at 6:34 AM, Sep 22, 2016

Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson testified before a congressional committee Thursday about the poor living conditions at a Riviera Beach housing complex.

They were witnesses at the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development’s hearing on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspection process.

The session has a big tie to a housing complex in Riviera Beach plagued with problems.

Global Ministries Foundation owns three complexes in Florida including Stonybrook Apartments in Riviera Beach.  

Senator Rubio launched a federal investigation into the owners in May because they are federally funded to maintain the property. Rubio was in town on September 9 to tour the conditions at Stonybrook himself.People there say they are living among roaches, rats and more.

The senators filled a bill to hold the owners accountable for the poor living conditions.

The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are both investigating Global Ministries Foundation.