Frances Dixon, 43, (second from left) sits on the couch with her family inside their home on 11th Street on Saturday, October 7, 2017. She has lived in Norris Homes for the past 22 years.

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


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


Shot on assignment for The Temple News in September and October 2017.

Beverly Williams, 77, sits inside her home on 11th Street Saturday, October 7, 2017. She’s lived in Norris homes for about 40 years.

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Cards hang on the wall in Williams' kitchen on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

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The Norris Homes community (left) will be demolished in April 2018. It sits across the street from Norris Apartments (right), a PHA housing development. The new development reflects what Norris Homes community will become.

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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 on Saturday, September 23, 2017. 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 Saturday, September 23, 2017. Lewis grew up visiting his friends and family who live in Norris Homes.

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Houses in the Norris Homes community are boarded up once a family has moved out in preparation for April 2018 demolition.  

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Williams lays her hand on her thigh on Saturday, October 7, 2017 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 on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

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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 on on Saturday, October 7, 2017. 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 on Saturday, October 7, 2017. 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 on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

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A father holds his daughter in the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The words "daddy's girl" are braided into her hair.

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The Norris Homes community (left) will be demolished in April 2018. It sits across the street from Norris Apartments (right), a PHA housing development. The new development reflects what Norris Homes community will become.

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