IL Senators question HUD on eviction in Cairo housing crisis

Cairo public housing boarded up. (Source: KFVS)
Cairo public housing boarded up. (Source: KFVS)
Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 11:19 AM CDT
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CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - June 30 is the last day for residents in Cairo, Illinois housing projects to move out of their homes at the Elmwood and McBride buildings.

Residents are being required to move from Elmwood and McBride housing complexes because the properties are being demolished. 

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In a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin ask if residents will be evicted on Friday that remain in the housing complexes.

The senators note that 23 families still remain.

See the letter below:

According to Brian Sullivan with HUD, there are 20 families still living in the public housing units. Three families have lease agreements and two are in the leasing process. Fifteen of the households have not signed a lease and are engaged in a relocation process.

Sullivan also said the department will not be kicking people out on July 1 but families need to be engaged in a relocation process.

He said the big problem is a small handful or less are actively engaged in the process to relocate. Sullivan noted that all residents have been notified of this information.

According to Sullivan, HUD is dealing directly with these families.

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