HUD To Begin Relocating Families From Public Housing In Cairo, Ill.

June 01, 2017
Abandoned lots in Cairo, Ill.

Abandoned lots in Cairo, Ill.

Kirk Siegler/NPR

Cairo used to be a thriving river port and manufacturing hub. Now it's one of the fastest depopulating towns in rural America. The latest blow: Its two large public housing projects are shutting down.

Cairo has lost more than half of its population in recent decades. Today, there are just under 3,000 people left.

Photo Credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR

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