The Commercial Appeals
"Last One Standing"
September 04, 2014 - Lashonda Rayford listens to music in her living room near the flag she received from her father's military funeral. Having lost both parents, Rayford feels she has found family with her Foote Homes neighbors. “This little ‘L that we live in. I became close to everyone here,” she says. “I was born an only child so this is like my family. If I move I have no one. I wouldn’t have no family.” The uncertainty over the future of the housing project elicits a mixed reaction from other residents. Some want to leave, some don’t think about it much, and others, like Lashonda, want to stay. “I wouldn’t know the first place to look for someplace to stay without having any income,” she says. “It would be like throwing me out on the street. I wouldn’t know what to do. I would be like a newborn coming into the world.”