Queens charity housed veterans in unsafe units: NYC

Four people housed by a Queens charity that purports to help veterans were forced to find new homes last week after city inspectors found that their rooms were potential fire traps.

The inspectors visited homes operated by Veterans-In-Command in response to a Post story last week detailing squalid living conditions, including poor ventilation, vermin, faulty plumbing and broken doors and windows.

The charity had received $150,000 last year from the Donald Trump Foundation — money its founder and director told The Post was used to pay off the charity’s debts.

The city’s Buildings and Veterans Services departments sent agents to two homes on 97th Avenue.

Violations were issued for the installation of partitions without a permit and illegal occupancy, officials said.

The city also issued vacate orders for two units, citing fire-safety issues.

“We issue vacate orders as a last resort, only when we find immediate life safety hazards,” the agencies said in a statement.

The agencies said they were helping the tenants, two of whom were veterans, find housing.

A White House spokeswoman did not return requests for comment about the Trump Foundation’s donation.

Veterans-In-Command founder Larry Robertson, denied that residents live in poor conditions.

But one resident told The Post that tenants suddenly received air conditioners last week after the exposé appeared.

“Serving veterans and providing quality housing is our highest priority. We will work with the owners of the property to resolve and cure any issues immediately,” Robertson said.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/07/01/queens-charity-housed-veterans-in-unsafe-units-nyc/

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