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Housing project facing demolition

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

For the more than 400 families living in Foote Homes, it's hard to survive when your future is uncertain.

The city is planning to demolish the 46-acre property along Vance Avenue and replace it with mixed income properties similar to the former Dixie Homes on Poplar and Decatur.

In the last 15 years, thousands of families have been moved from housing projects to places like Frayser, Whitehaven, and Hickory Hill. For families in Foote Homes, even if they move there are concerns over paying a higher rent, access to stores and transportation.

"Because we can't get out to none of the resources that south Memphis offers like shelters, also the food pantry, things like that that actually matter to the people with low incomes," said Quieira Jones, renter.

The nearly half-century-old housing developments have turned into impoverished, dilapidated warehouses. Despite the crime, gangs, and violence, residents who live there feel like it's their only future.

"It kind of discourages us, makes us feel like there is no hope. If ya'll (are) going (to) tear down where we stay …where our kids go to school?," Jones said. "This is how we get our resources. This is where we try to get our voices heard, but we don't get our voices heard because nobody asks us."

The city says the plans still haven't been finalized on the Foote Homes project, but they are setting up programs to make the residents self sufficient.

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