Lillian, “Learning to Survive”

Nina Dunn HDFC
Units: 60

Lillian moved into the building in 1962, while the building still had a landlord, who was described as a community leader. They had a strong tenants association as well. A new landlord took over who neglected building, which fell into disrepair. Many people left, but those who stayed behind rallied and raised funds to do repairs in the building. They were able to enter the TIL program and convert their building into an HDFC.

Love in the building

Landlord abandonment & taking over

Lillian (left) with co-op residents, 2021

Co-op conversion celebration, 1996

Block party

Nina Dunn, building’s namesake

Co-op conversion celebration, 1996

Nina Dunn at block party