I’ve been waiting for a long time’: More than 7,000 people await Section 8 in Illinois community

Neglected Housing Projects in East St. Louis

The door is off its hinges in Farlon Wilson’s bathroom. Wilson said that’s an improvement from when she first moved in, when there was no bathroom door at all. She said she’s putting in work orders to fix the problems nearly every week.

“The tub won’t stop leaking and the floor is about to fall,” Wilson said while demonstrating how the floor bends under the pressure of her foot. “I have no access to my bathroom water, period. I’ve had to turn it off because it’s leaking in my kitchen.”

Downstairs in the kitchen, she motioned to a patch in the ceiling where water once leaked through and later talked about how she and her family’s breathing has been affected by mold. She pays less than $100 a month in rent.

“I didn’t grow up like this,” Wilson said, who moved to East St. Louis three years ago from Arkansas. “And it doesn’t even have to be like this.” Check out the full story as well as this related article from the Southern Illinoisan and Propublica.

By Ashley Lisenby, St. Louis Public Radio


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