Richard Hamlet

We speak with Rev. Richard Hamlet, the founder of Global Ministries Foundation, who says he’s committed to improving conditions at Eureka Garden, the Section 8 complex in Jacksonville that’s recently come under fire for dangerous conditions. Hamlet met with local and federal officials this week to work on fixing a long list of property code citations and health issues at the Westside apartments.


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A little more than a week after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development voided a passing grade for languishing apartment complex Eureka Garden, residents say they want the complex condemned.

Tenants say their health has been affected by unsanitary conditions, including mold and a recent gas leak.

Pastor Mark Griffin of Wayman Ministries condemned fellow believer Rev. Richard Hamlet and his Global Ministries Foundation, which manages the troubled property Thursday.

Griffin says Jacksonville should apply more pressure to Hamlet by attacking his wallet.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has voided the passing score Eureka Garden received in its last HUD inspection.

HUD Field Office Director Alesia Scott-Ford said the move is extremely rare. It came after a meeting Wednesday morning with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and other city leaders.

Scott-Ford said HUD feels that the owner of the complex, Rev. Richard Hamlet with the Global Ministries Foundation, "has not been aggressive enough with his repairs." Hamlet "has not had enough maintenance crews out at the property," she said.

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Oct 8, 2015
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The tenants of Eureka Garden Apartments have complained of deplorable living conditions and the city responded with a two-day code raid spearheaded by Mayor Lenny Curry.

Eureka Garden is owned by the Rev. Richard Hamlet and Global Ministries Foundation, the focus of a News4Jax investigation. His evangelical nonprofit and real estate portfolio spans across the country and does big business in Jacksonville where he owns six low-income apartment complexes.