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HUD Announcement Leaves Cairo Residents With Uncertain Future

Courtesy of Isaac Smith/ The Southern
A roach trap is filled with dead roaches Aug. 31, 2015 in Myra Rayford's McBride apartment. The trap was no more than a week old.

An ongoing battle between Cairo residents living in rapidly deteriorating, bug and rodent infested public housing and the Alexander County Housing Authority accused of mismanaging federal funds and alleged civil rights violations came to a head last week.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who took over the housing authority a year ago announced that nearly 185 families would be forced to move. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with investigative reporter Molly Parker with Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale who has been covering the story since the beginning.

Watch the Southern Illinoisan's documentary and get an inside look into the lives of residents in living in public housing in Cairo, Illinois. 


Click here to learn more about the Southern Illinoisan'songoing series on the Alexander County Housing Authority.