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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Housing justice, that’s what residents of the Warren and Tulane Apartments, as well as members of the community, demanded this afternoon at a prayer vigil.

They were outside a ministry conference at the Stephen Olford Center, a building owned by Global Ministries.

It’s the same business which owns the embattled apartments.

The group decided to meet at the center because pastors from all over the country were gathering for a conference this week and they wanted to draw their attention to what’s going on.

While HUD has decided the Warren and Tulane Apartments will be shut down, people still wanted to draw attention to horrible housing conditions.

“I have broken promise after broken promise with maintenance issues and paperwork,” said Cynthia Crawford.

Crawford is a tenant at the Warren Apartments in South Memphis.

She’s spoken against Global Ministries Foundation for several years.

On Friday, others joined her.

“We’re going to ask for an investigation into what happened to those dollars,” said another woman at the prayer vigil.

The group of about 20 held signs demanding housing justice.

They even sang, and two pastors led the group in prayer.

“For every person you see here there are ten more and for those ten more there are hundreds in these apartment complexes,” said Brad Watkins, Executive Director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.

Come March 1, the Warren and Tulane Apartments will no longer be federally funded.

Around 350 families will be given vouchers and relocated.

HUD warned GMF several times to fix problems around the complexes but finally decided the living conditions were just too bad for people to stay there anymore.

“We’re thrilled by HUD finally taking decisive action, but this is years overdue,” said Watkins.

Watkins said he hopes during the next few months residents get the help they need.

“We are potentially on the verge of a housing crisis if the relocation is not properly done,” explained Watkins.

In a statement, GMF said it proposed millions of dollars in repairs for the complexes, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy the feds.

They said they’re concerned for their tenants.

They also said it supports the group’s right to pray and protest about housing Justice.

GMF said it will pray with them.