Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - Throughout the small township of Wellston, abandoned and boarded up structures stand side by side with occupied buildings on residential and commercial streets.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Dorothy Jackson sits in the living room of her apartment in the "senior building", a public housing development on Wellston Place. Ms. Jackson just moved into the housing complex 11 months ago but wants to leave because the only elevator to her second floor apartment is often broken.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - A cracked and damaged sign greets visitors on the edge of Wellston.
 Cairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Terri Childs and her daughter Miracle Childs stand in front of their apartment at the McBride housing development.
 Cairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Elmwood housing development.
 Thebes, IL - March 26, 2018 - India Williams (32) sits in the kitchen of the apartment she shares with her three daughters (L to R) I'Riell (8), Ariana (2), and Ivy (7) in the Mary Allison Meadows housing development.
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 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - Numerous old commercial buildings are being torn down along Martin Luther King Drive, which was once a major social hub and commercial thoroughfare but now sits largely in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 28, 2018 - Lakena Harmon sits in her living room at the Samuel Gompers Houses, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority. 

Ms. Harmon (21), who is six months pregnant with her first child, was in bed when she heard gunshots outside her ground-level apartment. She instinctively rolled off the bed and onto her stomach on the floor, which makes her nervous for the baby. Her house has also flooded with raw sewage from a neighbor's bathroom multiple times, and she has to use harsh chemicals to clean her floors after each event.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - City employees board up an abandoned property on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Wellston. MLK Drive, which was once a major social hub and commercial thoroughfare, now sits largely in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
 Thebes, IL - March 25, 2018 - The Hull family (L to R: Sheila, Becky, Reuben, and Jimmy) sit in the living room of their apartment at the Mary Allison Meadows housing development.
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 Cairo, IL - March 24, 2018 - A faded mural depicting Civil Rights and African American political history on the side of an old building across the street from the McBride housing development.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - Children play on a pile of tires in a courtyard at the Orr-Weathers apartments, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - A bedroom window in Delbra Myles' apartment in the Roosevelt Homes, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Herman Lee White (75) stands in the kitchen of his apartment in a public housing development on Wellston Place. Many of the building's longterm occupants are over the age of 60, earning it an unofficial designation as the "senior building".
 East St. Louis, IL - April 29, 2018 - Bullet holes in a sign in the courtyard of the John Robinson Homes, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Cairo, IL - March 24, 2018 - Carlos Trenton (45) stands one block from the McBride housing development in Cairo.
Rural Public Housing
Rural Public Housing
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - The Lansdowne Towers housing development of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Mamie Solomon, a member of the tenant advisory committee, stands outside her apartment in the "senior building", a public housing development on Wellston Place.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 -Quintella Stevenson (31) sits in the kitchen of her public housing unit on Wellsmar Avenue with her daughter De'Ton Thompson (5) and her son Dash Holmes (1).
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - An old commercial building is being demolished on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Wellston.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - Local youth play basketball near the Lansdowne Towers housing development of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - Throughout the small township of Wellston, abandoned and boarded up structures stand side by side with occupied buildings on residential and commercial streets.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - Throughout the small township of Wellston, abandoned and boarded up structures stand side by side with occupied buildings on residential and commercial streets.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Dorothy Jackson sits in the living room of her apartment in the "senior building", a public housing development on Wellston Place. Ms. Jackson just moved into the housing complex 11 months ago but wants to leave because the only elevator to her second floor apartment is often broken.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Dorothy Jackson sits in the living room of her apartment in the "senior building", a public housing development on Wellston Place. Ms. Jackson just moved into the housing complex 11 months ago but wants to leave because the only elevator to her second floor apartment is often broken.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - A cracked and damaged sign greets visitors on the edge of Wellston.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - A cracked and damaged sign greets visitors on the edge of Wellston.
 Cairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Terri Childs and her daughter Miracle Childs stand in front of their apartment at the McBride housing development.
Cairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Terri Childs and her daughter Miracle Childs stand in front of their apartment at the McBride housing development.
 Cairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Elmwood housing development.
Cairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Elmwood housing development.
 Thebes, IL - March 26, 2018 - India Williams (32) sits in the kitchen of the apartment she shares with her three daughters (L to R) I'Riell (8), Ariana (2), and Ivy (7) in the Mary Allison Meadows housing development.
Thebes, IL - March 26, 2018 - India Williams (32) sits in the kitchen of the apartment she shares with her three daughters (L to R) I'Riell (8), Ariana (2), and Ivy (7) in the Mary Allison Meadows housing development.
Widmer_HOUSING-7.jpg
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - Numerous old commercial buildings are being torn down along Martin Luther King Drive, which was once a major social hub and commercial thoroughfare but now sits largely in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - Numerous old commercial buildings are being torn down along Martin Luther King Drive, which was once a major social hub and commercial thoroughfare but now sits largely in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 28, 2018 - Lakena Harmon sits in her living room at the Samuel Gompers Houses, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority. 

Ms. Harmon (21), who is six months pregnant with her first child, was in bed when she heard gunshots outside her ground-level apartment. She instinctively rolled off the bed and onto her stomach on the floor, which makes her nervous for the baby. Her house has also flooded with raw sewage from a neighbor's bathroom multiple times, and she has to use harsh chemicals to clean her floors after each event.
East St. Louis, IL - April 28, 2018 - Lakena Harmon sits in her living room at the Samuel Gompers Houses, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority. Ms. Harmon (21), who is six months pregnant with her first child, was in bed when she heard gunshots outside her ground-level apartment. She instinctively rolled off the bed and onto her stomach on the floor, which makes her nervous for the baby. Her house has also flooded with raw sewage from a neighbor's bathroom multiple times, and she has to use harsh chemicals to clean her floors after each event.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - City employees board up an abandoned property on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Wellston. MLK Drive, which was once a major social hub and commercial thoroughfare, now sits largely in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - City employees board up an abandoned property on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Wellston. MLK Drive, which was once a major social hub and commercial thoroughfare, now sits largely in a state of abandonment and disrepair.
 Thebes, IL - March 25, 2018 - The Hull family (L to R: Sheila, Becky, Reuben, and Jimmy) sit in the living room of their apartment at the Mary Allison Meadows housing development.
Thebes, IL - March 25, 2018 - The Hull family (L to R: Sheila, Becky, Reuben, and Jimmy) sit in the living room of their apartment at the Mary Allison Meadows housing development.
Widmer_HOUSING-12.jpg
 Cairo, IL - March 24, 2018 - A faded mural depicting Civil Rights and African American political history on the side of an old building across the street from the McBride housing development.
Cairo, IL - March 24, 2018 - A faded mural depicting Civil Rights and African American political history on the side of an old building across the street from the McBride housing development.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - Children play on a pile of tires in a courtyard at the Orr-Weathers apartments, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - Children play on a pile of tires in a courtyard at the Orr-Weathers apartments, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - A bedroom window in Delbra Myles' apartment in the Roosevelt Homes, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - A bedroom window in Delbra Myles' apartment in the Roosevelt Homes, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Herman Lee White (75) stands in the kitchen of his apartment in a public housing development on Wellston Place. Many of the building's longterm occupants are over the age of 60, earning it an unofficial designation as the "senior building".
Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Herman Lee White (75) stands in the kitchen of his apartment in a public housing development on Wellston Place. Many of the building's longterm occupants are over the age of 60, earning it an unofficial designation as the "senior building".
 East St. Louis, IL - April 29, 2018 - Bullet holes in a sign in the courtyard of the John Robinson Homes, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
East St. Louis, IL - April 29, 2018 - Bullet holes in a sign in the courtyard of the John Robinson Homes, part of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Cairo, IL - March 24, 2018 - Carlos Trenton (45) stands one block from the McBride housing development in Cairo.
Cairo, IL - March 24, 2018 - Carlos Trenton (45) stands one block from the McBride housing development in Cairo.
Rural Public Housing
Rural Public HousingCairo, IL - March 23, 2018 - Bricks lie scattered in front of a memorial plaque dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the McBride housing development.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - The Lansdowne Towers housing development of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - The Lansdowne Towers housing development of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Mamie Solomon, a member of the tenant advisory committee, stands outside her apartment in the "senior building", a public housing development on Wellston Place.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 2, 2018 - Mamie Solomon, a member of the tenant advisory committee, stands outside her apartment in the "senior building", a public housing development on Wellston Place.
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 -Quintella Stevenson (31) sits in the kitchen of her public housing unit on Wellsmar Avenue with her daughter De'Ton Thompson (5) and her son Dash Holmes (1).
Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 -Quintella Stevenson (31) sits in the kitchen of her public housing unit on Wellsmar Avenue with her daughter De'Ton Thompson (5) and her son Dash Holmes (1).
 Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - An old commercial building is being demolished on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Wellston.
Wellston, MO - Dec. 3, 2018 - An old commercial building is being demolished on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Wellston.
 East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - Local youth play basketball near the Lansdowne Towers housing development of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
East St. Louis, IL - April 27, 2018 - Local youth play basketball near the Lansdowne Towers housing development of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.
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