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.


Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Jun 25, 2012

Poor Folk's Secrets of Survival

by Rosemary Reeves
In these tough economic times, the middle-class has a distinct disadvantage.  Most middle-class people have never known what it is like to be poor.  They are accustomed to buying new, paying retail prices and using credit cards for purchases.  Until George Bush gave tax credits to businesses that laid off American workers and replaced them with cheap foreign labor, middle-class folks were secure in their jobs and rarely had to think twice about spending.

Today, they are frightened because change has been forced upon them.  If they haven’t lost their jobs already, they’re worried they soon will.  Those who have lost their jobs and were lucky enough to find another one are earning smaller salaries.  They’ve cut back as much as they can and they don’t know where to turn.  But remember this.  Lots of people have experienced financial hardship.  If they can survive it, so can you.   

Tip# 1

Maintenance men can hook you up!

If you want to survive financial hardship, the single most useful resource you can connect with is a maintenance man.  Any maintenance man will do, but some are more useful than others.  If you live in an apartment building, get to know this guy.  Tenants who move out often leave behind furniture, working televisions, toaster ovens, microwaves and even air conditioners.  Sometimes they choose to leave their stuff rather than pay for expensive storage or long distance movers to transport it.  Whatever the reason, once it is determined that the property is abandoned, management in large apartment complexes usually just tell maintenance to throw the stuff out.  

Maintenance men don’t make much money from their job, so they often sell the abandoned stuff on the side for pennies on the dollar.  Also, if you need your carpet cleaned but can’t afford an expensive carpet cleaning service, ask a maintenance man.  Chances are he either owns or rents a carpet cleaner and will do it for you at a fraction of the cost.   


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