Brad Watkins records Talk, Memphis. Photo credit: Commercial Appeal
More than 750 subsidized housing families – as many as 2,000 people – are expected to be displaced in Memphis by Sept. 1.
Those are families now living in Foote Homes, the city’s last public housing project, scheduled to be razed, and the Warren and Tulane apartments, whose owner lost HUD funding.
Where will they go? Is there enough livable and affordable housing for all of them?
“If this is not handled properly, we could have a serious housing crisis,” said Brad Watkins, executive director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
“A dry Katrina.”
Watkins has become the community’s leading advocate for subsidized housing residents. He was instrumental in efforts to get the city, state, and federal officials to examine Global Ministries Foundation, which owns Warren and Tulane.
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