The Department of Housing and Urban Development took over control of the Alexander County Housing Authority in 2016. In the year after it's takeover, little changed for residents — rats and roaches still shared space with children and food, mold still crept in from behind bathroom surrounds.

Then, in April 2017, HUD announced it would be relocating the 185 families living in the troubled Elmwood and McBride apartments.

This version of "People Still Live Here" debuted during the We Are All Cairo forum hosted by The Southern in September.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin, Perry and Saline counties.

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