LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – They are being told to pack up and move out to make way for a multi-million dollar renovation. Just days after a double homicide in their backyard, some Sheppard Square residents say they're ready to go.
The Louisville Metro Housing Authority says people could start moving out of Sheppard Square next month. Some living there say they are ready to get away from violence, but others hope they will just be able to get back once it's complete.
On July 5, the playground turned into a crime scene when two men were found shot to death.
"I'm just trying to make it," said Nora Steele who lives in Sheppard Square. "I really haven't found a place to call home."
Steele says she's ready for a permanent change. She has been relocated by the Metro Housing Authority twice before.
"I've been trying to get in different programs like the self sufficiency program or the home ownership program, so I've applied for everything," said Steele.
Sheppard Square will soon be demolished, rebuilt and turned into a mix of public housing, rental units, and private homes. Ivory Johnson is worried that once she leaves Sheppard Square, she won't qualify to come back.
"Everybody don't meet those criteria, so the question is are they really helping us or are they trying to make better for them," said Johnson.
Tim Barry, director of the Metro Housing Authority, says recent surveys show the majority of residents are ready to get out of public housing.
"People may think they have impediments that will keep them out of the new Sheppard Square and that may not be the case," said Barry.
That's why some choose to look at this change as a positive one and are urging others to do the same.
"Doing the same thing repeatedly generation after generation it makes it hard to comprehend that there is a better way to live and there are some other criteria, so just take advantage of the opportunity," said a Sheppard Square resident at Thursday's meeting.
Those living in Sheppard Square have three relocating options. They can request traditional public housing, scattered site units, which are public housing units all throughout Metro Louisville, or they may qualify for a Section 8 voucher to use elsewhere.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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