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

Nov 4, 2012

Section 8 Blight - The Cure

by Rosemary Reeves

Did you know that public housing developments were originally intended to eradicate blight?  What went wrong?  Part of the problem is that affordable housing programs were created by people who were never poor and don’t understand the culture of poverty.   

I have written a number of articles on Section 8 that readers will find unconventional.  It’s best if they are all read, not just one or two, and read in order rather than randomly, as each one serves as a step toward understanding an unusual new approach to preventing Section 8 blight.  That’s why I am in the process of putting them all in one page entitled, “I Hate Section 8.”  In the meantime, you can use the search bar at the right-hand side of the Home Page on this website to find articles on the subject.  Keep in mind that the series is not finished and there are more articles to come.

One way to become informed about the subject is to begin looking at public housing history.  You can do this by watching an interesting movie made in 1947 about a poor widow trying to raise her children in a Philadelphia tenement.  The movie entitled, A Place to Live, features an impoverished white family.  The young son must walk through rat-infested alleyways on his way home from school and search ruined, decayed buildings to find firewood.  Meant to instill sympathy for the poor, the movie shows impoverished people washing steps and sidewalks.  In the conclusion, the family finds decent housing when they get an opportunity to live in Philadelphia’s Richard Allen Homes public housing development.


A Place to Live

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