Terry Katz Clip 2: New York Public Housing
Description: Terry explains the pros of public housing back when he was growing up. He says, “It was built for the working class and it wasn’t built for welfare purposes, it was built to give people who honestly wanted to succeed in life.” When Terry’s father came back from World War II he had to live in the basement of Terry’s grandfather’s basement. However, Pomonok Housing gave Terry’s father the opportunity to get his own residence. He felt as if the government cared for him and his family. Race didn’t come into play with economics, which helped Pomonok assimilate better. No one felt out of place.
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