Monte Ellis' whole world is being uprooted.
"They're just forcing us out," he says, as he watches his 11-year old sister, Ashay, at what passes for a playground in the battered McBride housing projects on the south end of Cairo, Ill.
For years, families like the Ellises complained to the local housing authority of squalid conditions here — leaky ceilings, mold, bugs and rats. Sometimes there is no heat, so people turn their ovens on to keep warm. Things never got fixed.
"A lot of broken promises," Ellis says.