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On September 2, 2011, residents at Dunbar Courts received certified mail saying they were to vacate their homes in 90 days. They are to be out by December 1 and shortly after demolition of the public housing units will begin.
The Independent Media Center reported in late July of a protest that took place at the Champaign County Housing Authority. It was organized by residents of Dunbar Courts, in the Douglass Park neighborhood, and Dorsey Homes, at Bradley and McKinley. Both Dunbar and Dorsey are slated to be torn down. Residents were asking for greater assistance in moving and more transparency in the process. After the demonstration, they were granted a slight increase. But it appears some are still having trouble finding a new home.
I spoke with Ruby Taylor, a resident at Dunbar, who found an apartment but said it was denied by the Housing Authority. The two-bedroom apartment in Hessel Park was renting for $599, but when Taylor took the information to the Housing Authority, they told her she would not be able to afford utilities with the $667 voucher she was receiving through Section 8 housing. She says there are about eleven others who have not yet been able to relocate.