Neighborhood changes

This HDFC resident was born in Fordham Hospital and has lived in the Bronx her whole life. She moved into her HDFC with her mother and her siblings as a child. The building shortly fell into foreclosure and was seized by the City. The City offered ownership to the residents for $250 per household. She credits living in an HDFC for making her life in New York affordable. She recounted the dramatic changes the neighborhood has undergone from its disinvested and abandoned state in the 60s and 70s. Many of her neighbors are relatives, and her building has many seniors who are aging in place. She spoke about the difficulty of getting residents to volunteer to be on the board and the general governance process.

HDFCs and quality of life: