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Families fight to stay in Vine City homes

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Kayode Jones, who suffers from a dangerous kidney disorder, last month lost both of his kidneys.

"There are a lot of things he's not able to do that a normal 13-year-old would be able to do," said his mother, Natashia Jones.

At only age 13, Kayode Jones has to undergo dialysis.

"He has to, only can drink one liter of fluid a day because of how fragile he is," Natashia Jones said.

A letter from a caseworker indicated Kayode has remained in stable housing. Natashia Jones said moving from their current home at the villas at the dome in Vine City is out of the question.

"It would be threat to his life," Natashia Jones said.

But the Jones family and 17 other families at the villas are packing up their belongings because they are being forced to move.

A letter from the Department of Housing and Human Services only gave the families two weeks to move.

"On June 6 they came and told me that I need to be gone by June 19 or by June 20 by 12 noon," Natashia Jones said.

Fulton County, DeKalb County and the city of Atlanta broke up a collaborative program that provided partially subsidized housing for low-income single mothers whose kids have disabilities.

Fulton County will continue to provide housing. But the county must do so outside of Atlanta in an area Jones said is not safe for her kids.

The Vine City Civic Association, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta and the families on Monday rallied outside the Fulton County government building to try to persuade the city and the county to work together to keep the families in their current homes.

"Fighting for his life, he's my son, I'm doing everything I can," Jones said.

A spokeswoman for Fulton County said it notified the families as early as last February.

The Vine City Civic Association, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta and the families hope to meet with Mayor Reed on Thursday to try to find a solution.

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