Most families in a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana will miss their first deadline to find new homes on Oct. 31.
It means they’ll get extensions through the end of the year, but why has it been so hard to find housing?
On a recent rainy day in East Chicago, landlord Clay Brooks drills open a plywood front door on one of a row of vacant houses and ducks inside.
“So this is one that we’re rehabbing,” he says. “As you can see, some things that need to get done. This is a three-bedroom.”