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Citizens hopeful for Cairo's future

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CAIRO -- While many families in Cairo moved out because of the housing crisis, others are moving back, and they're bringing hope. 

"My hope is to bring civilization back," said Linda Cerva, of Cairo. "To see what has happened later is like a nightmare, it just really hurts me really bad to know this."

Cerva grew up in the Elmwood complex, the same complex where several families are being forced out of due to poor housing conditions.

"The people in the projects were just not done right," Linda said. 

Linda moved back to Cairo in August to care for her sister and help the community.

With a background of eight years in politics, she hopes to put her skills to use.

"I want to bring that experience and knowledge and help Cairo," Linda said. "We need leaders in Cairo that are adamant, compassionate and willing to work and show that they want to see things better."

She's hoping representatives, like newly appointed Natalie Phelps-Finnie, will do the same. Phelps-Finnie recently held a town hall to better understand the community's concerns.

"I see hope there, that's what I see," Phelps-Finnie said. "A lot of people look at Cairo as what it once was but I look at what it can be."

Linda said it's going to take everyone from citizens to officials, working together, to get the job done.

The Cairo-native plans on working with groups like Men of Power - Women of Strength to revive the city that raised her.

"We gotta fight to get Cairo better and I'm willing to step up and do whatever I can to help," Linda said. 

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