AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - New pressure has been placed on the Bon Air Apartments owners. Congressman Rick Allen sent another letter to HUD requesting answers and action.

FOX54 has confirmed HUD is in receipt of the letter, but there is no response yet. You can read it in full below.

 The letter not only concerns Bon Air's owner, Redwood Housing, it also questions HUD.

"The heat is on, for sure.” said Catherine Smith-McKnight, Augusta-Richmond County Commissioner.

In a new letter, Congressman Rick Allen says conditions have not improved at Bon Air - to include rats, odor and gunshots. District Commissioner Catherine Smith-McKnight just read it. She agrees.

"I feel for them. I can’t tell you how many emails and phone calls I’ve received from residents here pleading.” said Smith-McKnight.

"There is just so much that they just are trying to cover up and y’all just don’t know. Nobody should have to live like this.” said a tenant.

"I feel like Redwood Housing has given us the run around, I’ve said it since day one.” said Smith-McKnight.

We’ve also tried to get answers, but still no response yet.

FOX54 also obtained surveillance video showing a person firing shots out of Bon Air.

"When you see the footage, you will see pow pow pow, and it was directed aiming towards the homes behind here.” said Smith-McKnight.

In an email to the commissioner, Redwood said this isn’t typical crime there. McKnight thinks otherwise. She pointed out a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed at their other property, Richmond Summit. She says security needs to be improved at both locations. 

"We can’t… What’s it going to take? Another loss of life?” asked Smith-McKnight.

Congressman Allen also says in his letter that Redwood has not provided an alternative renovation plan, nor have they secured backup funds. He states that was promised to him in good faith. 

"The only way renovation is going to happen is for someone else to take over this place.” said Smith-McKnight.

Now, Congressman Allen wants HUD to answer several questions, including how HUD can take action against Redwood. He gave HUD a May 22nd deadline to respond. He also wants them to join him for a visit again. McKnight says she wants in too. 

As always, FOX54 will continue to keep you updated as this story develops.

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