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It's Really Hot In Miami, But The Feds Don't Require A/C In Public Housing

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Joey Flechas
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Miami Herald
Liberty Square residents currently have to purchase their own air conditioners because the federal government does not require A/C in public housing, and funding from Washington is not enough for local officials to provide it to everyone.

With little shade and an intense sun beating down, Mondy Pierre stepped into his mother’s Liberty Square apartment to get out of the 86-degree heat Wednesday morning.

As temperatures crept up toward the 90s, the 38-year-old said he had to pay for an air-conditioning unit for his mother’s home in Miami’s oldest public housing project. They could afford only a small unit that cools only part of the apartment, leaving some rooms hot enough that the heat is still triggering his mom’s seizures.

Yet despite South Florida’s sweltering climate — intensified by record-breaking temperatures the past few years — the federal government does not require air conditioning for public housing. And in the case of the 82-year-old buildings that make up Liberty Square, antiquated and Washington-centric regulations mean each apartment has an oddity for South Florida homes: a heater.

Read more with our news partner, the Miami Herald