Statement on Silver Oaks Apartments
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor released the following statement related to news reports regarding unacceptable conditions at Silver Oaks Apartments in Tampa:
“The living conditions at Silver Oaks Apartments are unacceptable. Since 2020, my administration has responded to multiple complaints about Silver Oaks and have issued citations where applicable under our authority. We requested the State of Florida DBPR do an emergency inspection of the properties, requested that HUD inspect the units last year (several units were inspected, but not all) and have received a commitment from HUD to inspect every single unit again in the coming weeks.
The City's goal is not to end state and federal funding for Silver Oaks, it is to ensure that these units are repaired and brought to acceptable living conditions so that residents will continue to have an affordable place to call home. I am very concerned that an end to Section 8 payments at Silver Oaks would displace the complex's many vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, this has happened in the past, and we must do everything that we can to make sure all residents living in the City of Tampa are in a safe, clean environment.”