The city of Galveston should rebuff any request to endorse an application by operators of the Compass Pointe apartments for state housing tax credits. In fact, the city should use every tool in its toolbox to rid the island of the troubled complex and find better housing for its tenants.

Millenia Housing Management hasn’t confirmed it would seek housing tax credits, but representatives told the city they planned to and would seek the city’s endorsement, city officials said. Theoretically, Millenia would use the tax credits to renovate the 3916 Winnie St. property, formerly known as Sandpiper Cove, where people are living in squalid conditions, plumbing is faulty, some tenants are without air conditioning and police are kept busy responding to constant calls.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248;

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