A small group of people with a loud voice took their message of hope to the front steps of the Memphis Housing Authority on Thursday.
Tamara Hendris said “I think that I'm seeing change across the board that people are being more concerned.”
Hendris is with the group known as HOPE.
They're concerned there's not enough affordable housing in Memphis.
Toni Whitfield is also with HOPE and said “these people don't have anywhere to go and it's about to get cold and every year we have at least two people freeze to death and we don't want that this year.”
Marcia Lewis has been the new director of MHA for just eight weeks.
She met the group outside MHA when they showed up, unannounced, and hand delivered a list of seven demands.
Lewis was sympathetic to their message saying “it is somewhat of a surprise but you know I think that a lot of times people simply don't know who they can talk to.”
At the center of the list is a demand– The city delays the demolition of Foote Homes until everyone at Warren and Tulane Apartments are relocated.
Paul Young, the city's Community Housing Director said that might not happen.
“I don't know it delaying the demo is the best approach, we have federal funds tied to that development” said Young.
Young said the city is committed to helping folks find new homes.
They've tracked 453 people from Tulane, Warren and Foote Homes who have relocated to new housing.
Young said about half the residents still need to find a new place to live.
“It's a challenge because the availability of housing is not at its height right now with this much demand and this many residents looking for places to live” said Young.
Young says demolition on Foote Homes could being before the end of the year.
Members of HOPE were able to set up a meeting with Lewis next week to talk about the list.