Families prepare to move out

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA)– Some families at Fair Oaks Apartments will have to pack up and leave in a few months. The housing authority is tearing down several buildings. They’re meeting with families to make sure they have a place to go.

Shirley McBride is looking forward to moving her children out of Fair Oaks. “My building is not up to date like I said. There’s no spacs for A/C for my windows. It’s just a lot of stuff as far as washing machine and dryer hook ups I don’t have in my apartment,” said McBride.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development approved tearing down six units. They were built decades ago and would cost a lot to update. It’s cheaper to demolish. Jaclyn Vinson runs the housing authority. She says families were given two options. “One option is to remain as a resident of public housing in which we would provide the next available appropriately sized unit to them,” said Vinson. The other option was “a tenant protection voucher which is a Section 8 voucher, and they could lease up anywhere in the United States,” said Vinson.

More than 130 people will have to move, including Mary Higgins. “Floors caving in, the toilet sinking into the floor, mold underneath the cabinets,” said Higgins. Vinson says most who were asked to leave know where they are going. While Higgins is still on the hunt, she’s hopeful about the future.

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