Fort Hood: Texas senators request briefings on military housing issues

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to request a briefing on the current initiatives to improve military housing. (File)
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to request a briefing on the current initiatives to improve military housing.

This request is in response to complaints of mold, lead and a failure to address maintenance requests at Joint Base San Antonio and Fort Hood.

Town hall meetings have been conducted throughout the year at which residents voiced their concerns with the state of their homes.

Some families even developed health issues, forcing them to relocate every few months.

The letter noted that Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year,which includes provisions to establish a tenant bill of rights, a standardized assessment tool for housing evaluating such risks as lead and mold, and guidelines for a dispute resolution process.

Esper has not officially responded to the letter yet.