Frances Dixon, 43, (second from left) sits on the couch with her family inside their home on 11th Street. She has lived in Norris Homes for the past 22 years.

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“Beverly Williams was quiet, looking through her open front door on an uncommonly hot October morning.


The only thing that moved was the reflection in her glasses of the two small children who lived next door, tottering around the parking lot. So much had happened in that parking lot, the 77 year old said — prom sendoffs, college and high school graduation parties, birthday parties, even a wedding reception.


She sighed.


“I don’t know,” she said. “My grandkids, they’ve been playing around here forever.”


It was silent again for a moment, then she added quietly, “They won't be coming back no more.”


Williams will move out of Norris Homes, where she lived for the past 40 years, on Nov. 7.


In April 2018, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will demolish the Norris Homes housing development, located east of Main Campus on 11th Street between Berks and Diamond, to build a mixed-income development. The redevelopment is funded by the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a federal grant awarded to PHA in 2014. Because Norris Homes is a public housing development, residents have no choice but to leave.”

- Julie Christie, Enterprise Editor, The Temple News. Read the full story here.


Norris Homes is a close-knit community tucked into the northeast corner of Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia, PA. The neighborhood has been around for decades, but in April of 2018, Philadelphia Housing Authority will knock the homes down. These photos are here to tell the story of the Norris Homes and its residents, and to make sure these people and their stories are not forgotten. All photos were taken in September and October of 2017.

Beverly Williams, 77, sits inside her home on 11th Street. She’s lived in Norris homes for about 40 years.

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Monisha Jackson’s children, Messiah (left) and Malachi Williams, 5, sit outside their aunt Nikia Denby’s home on Warnock Street near 11th. Jackson, 30, lived in Norris Homes for 22 years.

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Mike Jones (left), 30, stands next to Jesse Lewis, 29, at Norris Homes’ last community cookout on Sept. 23. Lewis grew up visiting his friends and family who live in Norris Homes.

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Williams lays her hand on her thigh as she looks out her front door on 11th Street before she has to leave her home of about 40 years.

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Rasheem Webster, 27, looks at homes surrounding a parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th.

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The Norris Homes community sits in the northeast corner of Temple University’s main campus in North Philadelphia.

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Wanda Rush, 59, sits inside her home with her grandson. She has lived in Norris Homes for the past 17 years.

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A graduation photo of Rush's son sits on a shelf next to the television in her living room.  

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Webster, 27, throws a football in the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets. He grew up in Norris Homes and has lived with his aunt and grandmother for the past 18 years.

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A group of men sit in the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets.

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A father holds his daughter in the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets. The words "daddy's girl" are braided into her hair.

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