Public Housing Tenants Happy After HUD Denial

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(Memphis) The Foote Homes neighbors fighting to save their community got the delay they wanted.

The city wants to demolish the downtown public housing apartments, but after hearing from the federal government, it’ll now have to wait.

Foote Homes is the last public housing complex standing. The city has demolished all the rest and has done so using federal grants.

This time, the feds said no.

“There’s no part of me that ever gives up,” said Robert Lipscomb, City of Memphis housing director.

City Housing Director Robert Lipscomb doesn't know why Memphis isn't a finalist for a federal grant to demolish Foote Homes. But he's not giving up.

"We've gotten five and the reason we've been successful, I think we've got more than anybody else in the whole country probably, five, but the reason we've been successful is we go right back at it. We don't give up," said Lipscomb.

"Thank God they ain't got no money. I hope they lose some more money, “said Christopher Smith.

What the city of Memphis views as a loss, Smith and his neighbors see as a big win.

The city wants to replace Foote Homes with housing that attracts a mixture of people from different incomes.

Some families may get to stay under the plan, but most would receive vouchers to relocate.

"I've been over here all my life. I ain't never lived nowhere else. This is where I grew up at and they were trying to tear it down. They tearing my life down, you know,” said Smith.

Lipscomb says there was more competition for the housing grant money this time around.

Out of the 44 applications, only five cities, all larger than Memphis, are finalists to receive the grant.

WREG asked if opposition to the plan from residents and community members had something to do with the application not being accepted.

"It could have I don't know,” said Lipscomb.

Lipscomb says they'll dissect why the application was denied by talking to HUD, but for now, Foote Homes residents don't have to worry about uprooting.


  • Memphis

    If you tear those projects down your going to flood the city wtih “HumanRats”…..i say don’t do it…

    • Mph Pride

      Memphis you and others may be right in what you are saying but have any of you thought about, by tearing this complex down it would not look to bad for the white girls that frequent there and the white boys that hang out there with their friend. See it has to be understood this is a major concern for white compared to the one’s that live there. It gives the one’s living there a chance to live somewhere better ( black and whites) and it will also make RACIST family reunion mor enjoyable because it makes it easy for them to lie about where their children hand out.

  • Betty

    Its sad some people dont want to except change it could be a new begining. Stop complaining and just be glad the government will give you a voucher and still pay your rent!!!!!Dont nobody owe you nothing, Memphis needs a change. The downtown area is a great start. All those complaining really need to be grateful and their not telling you. Bye!!

  • equalopportunityhater

    Thank god! This is one thing the hood and the rest of the city, with the exception of the libtards, agree on. I do not want poor people being distributed to my neighborhood. This whole live in peace bull is for the birds. Lets take into account what has already been done and see how thats working out for us. The new uptown subdivision they built, a neighborhood exactly as they are describing, got broken into multiple times before they were even lived in. One guy walked right onto the job site and started carrying off tools while the workers were installing the rafters. Living together in lollipop fields where unicorns fart rainbows does not, cannot, and will not exist in our society.

  • John Snow

    I must be wrong, but I thought the whole purpose of building public housing was to give a person a place to stay cheaply while they get back on their feet. Yet Smith says ‘lived here all my life.” What a great goal for life she must have – live on her master’s land and eat the food he provides. And they still want to talk about the slavery days? They have never left the mentality.

    It is written that Moses and the people of Israel wondered around in the desert for 40 years. A generation, so when they walked into the promised land they would not have slave mentality but could build their life as free people.

  • victoria martin

    i think they should gone tear them down or whatever i don’t care but what about the people that’s waiting on there voucher i been on mha waiting list sense 2008 when they closed clayburn down across the street and on it again so should we suffer cause people haven’t got there life together sittingon there butts doing nothing they stay there choice not by force.

  • Hypocrisy

    Robert Lipscomb and his developer cronies are hypocrites. They’ve pretty much made their entire living on welfare, through tax increment financing.

    And the U.S. government spends a whopping $72 billion in home ownership subsidies for the middle class and the wealthy, compared to a meager $24 billion on public housing and rental subsidies for the poor… so if its welfare you’re critical of, you had better start your witchhunt by bulldozing Germantown, not Foote Homes.

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