Wednesday, April 5, 2017
From The Washington Post:
Dozens of families remained at a lead-contaminated public housing complex in northwest Indiana, despite a Friday target date to move them out so the city can tear down the buildings.
More than 270 families have left East Chicago’s West Calumet Housing Complex, and officials hope to have the remaining 50 or so families out next week. But the delay points up several problems with the evacuation effort such as limited rental options in the largely industrial area, landlords who won’t accept government housing vouchers and some residents’ resistance to being forced from the city.
Lifelong East Chicago resident Tara Adams said she has been seeking a new home for herself, her 19-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter since last summer and has had belongings packed up for months. The temporary housing she has been offered is about 25 miles away, in what she worries is a perilous neighborhood across the state line on Chicago’s South Side.
“I for sure don’t want to move my 19-year-old son into an area where there’s a greater chance for him to get shot,” Adams said. “I don’t want to do that.”
Officials last summer began clearing out the 45-year-old complex of three-story apartment buildings after detailed soil testing found some yards with lead levels more than 70 times the federal safety standard.
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