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HUD agrees to reduce rent charges for Thebes public housing tenants facing forced relocation

THEBES — Housing and Urban Development has agreed to reduce monthly rent beginning in June for many of the roughly 30 families who have been told they must move from two public housing complexes in Thebes that have fallen into disrepair.

In a return letter to Sen. Tammy Duckworth last week, HUD agreed to cut rent charges in half, with the caveat that all tenants must pay at least $50, and none will pay more than $300. HUD, which is managing the housing authority in receivership, says the Alexander County Housing Authority cannot afford to bring them up to health and safety standards and keep them open.

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