Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Eviction Notice For Public Housing In Cairo

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an eviction date for the individuals and families living at Elmwood and McBride housing complexes in Cairo, Illinois: 

It has been more than a year since HUD told 185 families that they must relocate from the Elmwood and McBride housing complexes in Cairo, Illinois, without any clear plan to rehouse those who would be displaced.  Around 35 of those families are still in the process of finding safer housing, and now they have been told by HUD that they have until June 30th to move or they will be locked out.  This is completely unacceptable.  Relocation is a difficult task as the low housing inventory in the town means that many relocated residents will be forced to leave their community and other family members.  We urge HUD to extend this deadline for cooperating residents and those that face additional hardships, and call on HUD to provide complete access to mobility and relocation specialists to the remaining families at Elmwood and McBride housing complexes to assist them in securing safe housing.