COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that $5 million will be made available to buy and install carbon monoxide detectors in public housing units.
The announcement, according to officials with HUD, comes one month after the department made its intention know to make optional carbon monoxide detectors mandatory. The department also sent notices to public housing authorities and private owners of housing subsidized by HUD urging them to install working carbon monoxide detectors in their properties.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning presents a risk to families living in public housing,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “This funding will allow more public housing authorities to purchase and install these lifesaving detectors.”
The announcement also comes four months after two men were found dead at Allen Benedict Apartments in Columbia. Since then, five lawsuits have been filed against the Columbia Housing Authority citing negligence, wrongful death, and other causes of action.
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