Norris Homes

 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 mid-2018, Philadelphia Housing Authority knocked the homes down to make room for newer construction. These photos are here to tell the story of this community. Read the full story by Julie Christie for The Temple News  here . In this photo, Frances Dixon, 43, (second from left) sits on the couch with her family inside their home Saturday, October 7, 2017. She's lived in Norris Homes for the past 22 years.

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 mid-2018, Philadelphia Housing Authority knocked the homes down to make room for newer construction. These photos are here to tell the story of this community. Read the full story by Julie Christie for The Temple News here. In this photo, Frances Dixon, 43, (second from left) sits on the couch with her family inside their home Saturday, October 7, 2017. She's lived in Norris Homes for the past 22 years.

 Houses in the Norris Homes community sit boarded up after families have moved out in October 2017 in preparation for demolition.

Houses in the Norris Homes community sit boarded up after families have moved out in October 2017 in preparation for demolition.

 Monisha Jackson's children, Messiah (left) and Malachi Williams, 5, sit outside their aunt Nikia Denby's home on Warnock Street in the Norris Homes community on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Jackson, 30, lived in Norris Homes for 22 years.

Monisha Jackson's children, Messiah (left) and Malachi Williams, 5, sit outside their aunt Nikia Denby's home on Warnock Street in the Norris Homes community on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Jackson, 30, lived in Norris Homes for 22 years.

 Beverly Williams, 77, sits inside her home in the Norris Homes community on Saturday, October 7, 2017. She's lived there for about 40 years.

Beverly Williams, 77, sits inside her home in the Norris Homes community on Saturday, October 7, 2017. She's lived there for about 40 years.

 Cards hang on the wall in Williams' kitchen.

Cards hang on the wall in Williams' kitchen.

 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.

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.

 Williams lays her hand on her thigh as she looks out her front door on Saturday, October 7, 2017 before she has to leave her home of about 40 years for good.

Williams lays her hand on her thigh as she looks out her front door on Saturday, October 7, 2017 before she has to leave her home of about 40 years for good.

 Rasheem Webster, 27, looks at homes surrounding a parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Rasheem Webster, 27, looks at homes surrounding a parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

 The Norris Homes community sits in the northeast corner of Temple University’s Main Campus in North Philadelphia at 11th and Berks streets. He grew up in Norris Homes and has lived with his aunt and grandmother for the past 18 years.

The Norris Homes community sits in the northeast corner of Temple University’s Main Campus in North Philadelphia at 11th and Berks streets. He grew up in Norris Homes and has lived with his aunt and grandmother for the past 18 years.

 Wanda Rush, 59, sits inside her home with her grandson on Saturday, October 7, 2017. She's lived in Norris Homes for the past 17 years.

Wanda Rush, 59, sits inside her home with her grandson on Saturday, October 7, 2017. She's lived in Norris Homes for the past 17 years.

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

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

 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.

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.

 A group of men sit in the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

A group of men sit in the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

 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.

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.

 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.

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.

Six Months Later

 The demolition of the Norris Homes community finally begun in June 2018. Here, homes that have been boarded up for over six months sit with graffiti on the doors and among overgrown weeds. 

The demolition of the Norris Homes community finally begun in June 2018. Here, homes that have been boarded up for over six months sit with graffiti on the doors and among overgrown weeds. 

 As seen through a fence meant to keep trespassers out in June 2018, the homes that once lined the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets became debris.  

As seen through a fence meant to keep trespassers out in June 2018, the homes that once lined the parking lot on Norris Street between Marvine and 11th streets became debris.  

 The homes that once housed members of the Norris Homes community sit in a heaping pile of debris after demolition began in June 2018. 

The homes that once housed members of the Norris Homes community sit in a heaping pile of debris after demolition began in June 2018.