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Seniors Are Dying Because HUD Allows Slumlords To “Opt Out” Of Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

JOB CAREER CRITIC

Senior In Housing

Senior Building Owners Are Being Allowed To Opt-Out Of Providing Basic Care For The Largest Group Of Handicapped And Disabled People In World History.

My name is Clint and I am a resident of George Collins Apartments in Chicago, Il. I am writing this letter because of decades-long neglect that has Seniors living in conditions at

and, many Senior buildings in Chicago. The HUD #202 opt-out mortgage was chosen by Bruce Steinbaum, mortgage holder for George Collins Apartments, and executed by The Winn Companies, allows Seniors to die because vital needs are not being addressed at George Collins Apartments. These omissions of not supplying Seniors with vital life-sustaining necessities are done to maximize profits. What is truly amazing, and it shows the depth and complicity of HUD’s involvement in allowing the #202 opt-out exemption to be an option in mortgages it offers. HUD offers these exemptions knowing the consequences of turning its head the other way from what they have admitted is needed to meet the needs of Seniors. HUD mortgage owners who choose these mortgages know they are opting-out of providing vital needs for residents of their properties. This is done when experience knows they are not being equipped with the proper tools to run the property correctly. Managers of Seniors properties are aware of their fiduciary responsibility to protect vulnerable residents of their properties. However, they minimize this responsibility for the sake of profit.

How To Opt-Out For Profit Over Life And Safety

I am not aware of the history behind HUD’s decision to offer the #202 mortgage as a choice? If it was done for good reasons the #202 opt-out option is out-dated with realities Seniors face each day and should be retired immediately. How is it possible to manage a 195 unit Senior living property and ignore the vital needs of Seniors. The #202 HUD mortgage holders from providing services that HUD mandates for most Senior properties in their portfolio. It allows them to exclude vital Seniors services proven to save lives and improve the general well being of Seniors. When HUD Senior buildings are mandated to have a social coordinator assigned it give Seniors a connection to agencies designed to give them some dignity where they live during their last days. How can HUD allow someone to manage a Senior property who would opt-out and choose the #202 mortgage?

Companies that choose a HUD’s #202 mortgage uses a business model that relies on collaboration between the Real Estate business community and HUD administrators. I understand the legislators make the laws, but like any job that’s given by higher-ups to be administrated, HUD sets the tone that Contractors respond to. Large concerns like WinnCompanies are allowed to continue this management neglect, with the emphasis always being on the bottom line and not on the necessities needed for a minimum standard of decency in seniors in their buildings. HUD has allowed these conditions to exist at George Collins Apartments for 33 years then HUD is complicit with management companies that run their properties

Secure From Criticism

Winn Companies and Bruce Steinbaum are secure in standing pat with the position they took at our last meeting. In past meeting Winn reps. have said they were going to look into it but never did. Six months later with George Collins Seniors Building Committee, The Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and 25th. Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez present they still resisted our call for a social coordinator. Even with an article written by Sydney Cyzon of the Chicago Tribune who did a wonderful story about the plight of Seniors at George Collins. Winn management only wanted to take care of cosmetic items like lights, fixing the gate, and providing cell phone connection with buzzing guests in. Some conditions have been present for the 11 years I’ve lived here and many go back as long as 33 years. I would like to say these persistent and consistent conditions were in the DNA of this building, but buildings are inanimate and therefore conditions present in George Collins is consistent with conditions in most Senior buildings in Chicago and throughout the nation. The foreseen arrival of the largest demographic bulge in the American population ever has been met by every sector of business because of the marketing opportunities inherent in such a large demographic shift. This leads me to conclude, because of my extensive background with contracts and politics, sadly, the business model for these types of properties is to take the minimalist approach because the profit margins could be high due to the lack of scrutiny put on the what may be called Esoteric needs relative to Seniors in section 8 properties that are #202 opt-out properties.

People are Dying From Neglect Politicians

The business model Winn Companies and Bruce Steinbaum have adopted is a typical collaboration between the Real Estate business community and HUD administrators. I understand the legislators make the laws, but like any job that’s given by higher-ups to be administrated, HUD sets the tone that Contractors respond to. Large concerns like WinnCompanies are allowed to continue this management neglect, with their emphasis being on the bottom line and not on the necessities needed for a minimum standard of decent living conditions in senior buildings. HUD has allowed these conditions to exist at George Collins Apartments 33 years then HUD is complicit with the tone management companies have set for their properties. How is that possible with the conditions that have persisted for some 33 years and the building went through inspections? The metaphor that comes to mind is someone ironing a shirt and forgets to starch the collar. They are on the train when they discovered their oversight. It doesn’t look good on you but you twist the material to try and make it passable. It is too much of a problem to go back home and iron the shirt right. This building does not need any more cursory examinations that do not include an audit of each apartment to hear and see what the tenants have to say about conditions they have lived in for decades enduring neglect.

Trying To Survive COVID-19 In Senior Sub-Standard Housing

There has never been a time in history that a virus has targeted a certain sub-set of our population with almost certain death and “NOTHING” is being done to address this emergency that affects everyone who lives here. There are people in Georg Collins Apartments with early stages of dementia Alzheimers, they are handicapped, infirmed, semi and totally illiterate, psychologically impaired, and deaf individuals all who have nobody to assist them in navigating their daily lives. How are these individuals suppose to manage appointments and assessing their movement and avoid being infected by this virus? Because of our fear of contracting the virus most of us have stopped our homemakers from entering our apartments. This has eliminated another source of monitoring our well-being. How can a well-being check be ignored in these times when HUD knows that senior residents are in desperate need of care.  If you did a sampling of residents’ health it would range from good health to those that are suffering from a plethora of ailments and those ready to die. The ambulances come and go daily here and we have all wondered how many of those lives could have been saved if someone had knocked on that door before the apartment started stinking with the odor of death. Why are there no protocols in place to help us through the COVID-19 crisis of 2020?