Cairo, IL public housing complexes being boarded up

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - Squatters are apparently taking up residence in some vacant condemned public housing in Cairo, Illinois.

According to the Alexander County Housing Authority, this is not only illegal but it's dangerous because there's no power during these cold months.

Elmwood and McBride Public Housing was deemed unsafe for living and those who lived there have been moving out.

There have also been break-ins and fires.

So, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has hired a local contractor to fight the problem by boarding up the homes.

In addition, more than half of the public housing is still occupied by people living there legally.  Residents still have time to find a new place to live, according to a spokesperson for the Alexander County Housing Authority,

Those who haven't found somewhere to go are encouraged to visit the housing authority offices to the start their relocation process if they haven't already.

There is still no final exit date set yet.

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