Senators seek answers for military families living in decrepit houses

Senators seek answers for military families living in decrepit houses
Senators seek answers for military families living in decrepit houses with mice and mold infestations.

Two California senators have sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis seeking answers following a blockbuster investigative story by Reuters detailing substandard living conditions in military base housing.

The letter was also addressed to Tim Byrne, the CEO of Lincoln Military Housing. According to Reuters, Lincoln controls much of the base housing on Camp Pendleton, California, one of the bases mentioned in the story dealing with mice and mold infestations.

California Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris said in the letter that they were “deeply concerned and disappointed about recent reports of unsuitable housing conditions at Camp Pendleton.

In an interview with more than 100 military families, Reuters detailed decrepit living conditions and mold, mice and cockroach infestations in base military base housing.

Lincoln Military Housing told Marine Corps Times that mold issues made up less than 1 percent of requests it received in 2017. Most complaints were resolved to “everyone’s satisfaction,” the company said, noting and that mold, mildew and water intrusion problems are handled as emergency requests.