WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Wednesday issued the following statement after it was announced that Open Community Alliance has filed a fair housing lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of ten residents of Barbour Gardens Apartments, Infill I, and Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments:

“I applaud the people of the North End of Hartford who have raised their voices time and time again for safe and fair housing options. Having toured these facilities and called on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to end this cycle of poverty and neglect, it’s clear to me that the needs of the residents have not been met. I’ll continue to work with our Congressional delegation as well as state and local officials to make sure we finally address these longstanding issues,” said Murphy.

Earlier this year, Murphy along with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Representative John Larson (CT-1) and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin wrote a letter to HUD calling on the department to improve current policies regarding the oversight of Section 8 Housing as well as the promotion of fair housing opportunities.