Mathews testifies before U.S. Senate on Carbon Monoxide Safety......
For Immediate Release
November 25, 2019
Contact: Cynthia Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington DC......... Columbia Housing's new leader-- Ivory Williams Mathews testified before U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs in support of a new law that would-for the first time in history-REQUIRE ALL Public Housing Authorities across the country install life-saving carbon monoxide detectors in all public housing units.
During the Congressional Hearing, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who co-sponsored the bill with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), opened by saying "I would like to honor Calvin Withersoon and Derrick Caldwell Roper who tragically lost their lives in what were sadly, entirely preventable deaths." Similar housing authority deaths have occurred in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, and Michigan.
Most people think such federal law requiring CO detectors in public housing already exists. It doesn't. Instead (as stated by Senator Scott) we have a patchwork of state laws and regulations that create loopholes and confusion depending on the state you live in.
Ivory Mathews was chosen by Senator Scott to help him lead the national effort to get a new law passed.
Mathews joined Columbia Housing on July 1, 2019, and immediately upon her arrival, she outlined a 12-month action plan aimed at addressing challenges and elevating the performance of the 85-year old agency. Her 12-month action plan focuses on four basic, 1) improving service delivery to residents; 2)creating a climate of transparency and accountability; 3)maximizing organizational efficiencies, and 4)increasing community confidence. Columbia Housing's Board of Commissioners and staff couldn't be prouder that its leader has been chosen for such important work on the national stage.
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