'Public housing as we know it will no longer exist' - and residents are scared

FAST FACTS• More than 2,500 households live in the Chattanooga Housing Authority's 16 public housing sites.• Nearly 3,000 households get housing through private rentals paid in part by government vouchers.

photo Lisa Rooks, 44, talks about a crack in her paint on the ceiling of her living room in College Hill Courts. Rooks is not happy about plans by the Chattanooga Housing Authority to eliminate the housing project because it could leave her homeless.

photo CHA statistics on the cost of housing projects in Chattanooga.

Here lies public housing.

All that's left is to fill in the date of its passing.

Across the country and in Chattanooga, traditional large-scale public housing sites are being shuttered, the nation no longer able or willing to spend the billions of dollars a year it takes to maintain this crumbling part of the nation's social safety net.

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