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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – – Residents of Liberty Square received 51 new air conditioning units from the City of Miami.
Liberty Square is a public housing community consisting of a 753-unit apartment complex in Liberty City.
In the sweltering heat City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez along with the City Manager Emilio Gonzalez and Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina walked the neighborhood going door to door to check on the newly installed units.
“We’re hoping you can feel a little more comfortable, that this makes things a little bit better for you,” the Mayor said to one resident in their newly cooled apartment.
Jimmy Harris’s elderly mother was just released from the hospital, suffering from among other things, dehydration.
“She was sweating so much that her kidneys (sic) was going bad,” he said.
The family had been living without air until the city stepped in.
“I would hope that this would make it even better for people to see that there is hope out there and we can move ahead without all the violence,” said Harris.
“To think that there are people in this community that are living without the basics, air conditioning, I’ve seen some things that really bothered me, people living in what I would consider sub-human conditions said Suarez.”
The housing community is located in the 1400 block of Northwest 63rd Street.
The homes which received the air conditioning units were selected by the Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD). Priority was given to elderly and special needs residents.