Stories about life in Liddonfield housing project and its impact on the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Upper Holmesburg. These true stories reveal how government policy affected the lives of real people, from the project residents to area homeowners during the 5 decades of Liddonfield’s existence. Stories and articles are written by a former resident of the project.
Jan 23, 2010
The Overlooked Heroes of Public Housing
Public housing residents traditionally have had only a fraction of their lives documented, and almost always by observers. When they make it out of the projects, they disappear into the mainstream, where no one fathoms the hardships they have been through or admires them for finding their way out of poverty.
All along, there have been people who through hard work were able to leave the projects and live quietly among the rest of the population in apartments and houses of their own. They have succeeded despite overwhelming obstacles, both financial and social. What’s more astounding is that they have managed to blend into a society that neither wants nor understands them. Because public housing residents are stigmatized, many who left the projects also chose to leave their past behind in the safety of silence. My goal is to encourage these overlooked heroes to share their stories with others, so the world might know that there is more to public housing and its residents than drugs, crime and decay.