| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Life Inside the Projects


(sounds from the TV) – [Voiceover] You know, home
should be your paradise. I’ve always told my kids, I’m like, “You should decorate your home “like it’s your paradise.” That’s what you have to yourself. And I believe that. We all need that. Cuz once you go out those doors, you’ve got to face the world, and the world can be cruel. – [Voiceover] You making a mess mama? All right, that’s enough of that. – I moved in here in November 2010. I had had such a rough bout and I just couldn’t
afford to pay my own rent. I was, you know, staying place to place. Staying in shelters,
sleeping on the street, being kicked out. Everybody is just like, “Ok, you must be doing something.” It’s just, you feel very judged, you feel, you know, less than. You just feel less than. It’s not a good feeling. Someone informed me that I could put my name on the housing list. I was informed that the
wait was crazy long, and I was just like, “I
have nothing to lose.” Eventually, my name was called. So, my first choice that they
gave me was Potomac Gardens, and I heard a lot of negative
stuff about Potomac Gardens, but I just was so tired of moving, so I was just like, “I’m
not moving anymore.” I came. I signed the lease. I paid $100 security deposit, and that was that. – [Voiceover] Buzz. – Why? – [Voiceover] Buzz. – Why? – [Voiceover] Buzz. – Why? – [Voiceover] Yeah. All right. – [Voiceover] I’ve always worked. I’ve always had a job. I remember, one day, I was
sitting up there thinking, “You know what? I don’t want
this life for my daughter. “I don’t ever want her to have to “be lonely or ever have
to know what it feels like “to, like, where am I gonna go tonight?” I never wanted that for her. I just wish coulda had
somebody to send me a sign and say Courtney, this
is what you need to do. Save 15 to 30% of your money, invest it, make some good financial moves. I say, “You know what? “Plan B.” And Plan B, was I’ve gotta get my GED. – Mama. – So now today, I’m in Fortis College studying for the Medical
Laboratory Technician. So, I’ve got a few more months, and I’m on my way. – Hey! – [Voiceover] Mom? – What are you doing? – [Voiceover] Everything
that I teach my kids is some sort of lesson that I had to learn pretty much the hard way. I just want them to understand how important education is. When they are old enough to say, “Mommy, I want to be whatever.” I’m going to say, “Ok, “be that but be the best of that.” There are people who definitely have their opinion about
what people are like that live in housing or
what the education level is like in housing. You know, there are people that are in college that are in housing. And as far as my children,
and us growing up in housing, I have a standard. They can’t fall below that standard. – [Voiceover] Guess what? – [Voiceover] You know, it’s cliché, but there’s no place like home. That’s not something,
you don’t earn a home. That’s basic. You have a place to call home. It’s not luxury. These are not Bentleys. This is basic. Basic survival, and certainly we all want
our own door to close: to cry, to laugh, to watch a show, to eat some good food, to raise your family. That’s what it is about.

100 Comments

Endgame -IX

Mar 3, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

I hate people in the projects they live THIER because of the way they act well some of their I hate the ones that don’t try.

Gypsy Jena

Mar 3, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

Awe what a great mom, so sad she deserves a great life for her and her children! So many that have a better opportunity don't deserve it….

prince apple

Mar 3, 2019, 8:53 pm Reply

Potomac Gardens is a death trap !2019

Bonny Cole

Mar 3, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

Courtney, have you tried the program called Family Promise? It's a good program for single moms with kids. U need to check into it. It's put on by churches.

Sally Clay

Apr 4, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

Y do u have 4 kids? Ucant even support yourself.

HYDERABAD FITNESS

Apr 4, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

WOW.

Lovella Jones

Apr 4, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

Good luck to you. You are on your sweetheart. God bless

Andrew Bittle

Apr 4, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

You're very welcome and I'm glad my taxes help an American stay warm and fed.

Charlene O’Neill

Apr 4, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

So true

merph1

Apr 4, 2019, 1:23 pm Reply

You're gonna be alright. I want you to win big for your family. God bless.

Sharralynn Pierce Woolworth

Apr 4, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

STOP HAVING KIDS! SERIOUSLY! WHY DO YOU ALL HAVE TO HAVE SO MANY KIDS AND NO FATHERS? JUST STOP IT!

The Angry Elephant

Apr 4, 2019, 2:14 am Reply

Hey! Im a med lab scientist major too!

You go, sister. ✊✊ hope you're enjoying the lab world. Get a bachelors and specialize is molecular! High demand there.

Ryan Daniel

Apr 4, 2019, 5:48 am Reply

I really like her.

India Welch

Apr 4, 2019, 7:26 am Reply

I’m not trying to be insensitive but I don’t understand why people have children, especially multiple, they can’t take care of.

Tessie

Apr 4, 2019, 9:44 pm Reply

WHY THE HELL YOU HAVE KIDS WITH NO HOME TO BRING THEM TO??? HOW STUPID IS THAT??? Live on food stamps and 80+ programs of welfare while other people work to support you.PATHETIC!

SockPuppet Granny

Apr 4, 2019, 4:12 am Reply

Saying "I wish I had somebody to tell me…" Chances are, you would not have listened. My daughter in law works with young girls from low income families, and she says that those girls are so enamored with "Love & Hip Hop" and IG "models" that they don't want to hear practical advice. She said they want to be video vixens or "Boss b's" and that's all they admire. Looking to be knocked up by a rapper or an athlete. Sad but true.

Tyrone Abdul

Apr 4, 2019, 5:16 am Reply

Great story !!

Jessie Farfan

Apr 4, 2019, 8:36 am Reply

Remember you people in this comment section talking down on her that can be you and your reality so watch where you put your mouths want you help her and assists her where she is struggling but you don't have the heart to may God you continue to love and ? support her she needs your willing hand to reach down and pick her up in Jesus name I pray.

vick kirikino

Apr 4, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

Love her positive attitude, be awesome to see where they are now.

Cameron King

Apr 4, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

Another welfare queen loser.

Angie Marie

Apr 4, 2019, 12:43 am Reply

Why does she have 2 small kids? Knowing she was struggling!? I feel no empathy for hood whores like her. She talks about being particular about what section 8 offered….no ma'am, beggars can't be choosy!

WanderLust Endumado

Apr 4, 2019, 2:55 am Reply

Med lab techs make a ton of money… I hope she made it. ❤️

Sarah C

Apr 4, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

projects for 16 years "/

Juan Shaft Patel

Apr 4, 2019, 2:32 am Reply

try not being poor

Angela Sanchez

Apr 4, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

Home is home but atlest they are not in other countries that are way worst then the project ?

sweetheart ‘`

Apr 4, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

I admire this woman. She reminds me of my mom. We lived from garage to small apartments and about a week ago we moved into a huge house, she found a job my druggie brother is graduating high school in a span of a few months. I pray for everyone to get their life in a better way , everyone deserves to feel comfort in their home and happiness. Have a great day and don't ever give up cause shit happens for a reason let the next thing be your reason.

Latrice Steward

Apr 4, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

Keep your head up girl I stay in the projects getting my dba doing it for my me and kids

Lashonda’s Fabulous Life!

Apr 4, 2019, 3:19 pm Reply

Why have man and you having his kids but you having issues with having a place to live. Before you start having kids. Make sure the man can hold it down. Hope she makes it!

Damon Robinson

Apr 4, 2019, 11:59 pm Reply

Nazi death camps destroying the black family. These are well designed and implemented by WS.

Black people stop waisting time in country that will never love you.

Spaz Boy

Apr 4, 2019, 5:13 am Reply

“I’m a Suburban”-Kodak Black

w8lftr

Apr 4, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

Wow she had doors windows a fridge and a stove. I have lived in worse and came out for the better. You do what you need to do to get out of this. You go girl.

Jennifer Velazquez

Apr 4, 2019, 10:18 pm Reply

So what I'm hearing in these comments is that if she hadn't gotten THAT TV, THAT computer, THAT phone she wouldn't continue to be in this situation?!? Oh stfu. How you guys know nothing! Unbelievably dumb comments.

Samantha Eaton

Apr 4, 2019, 1:14 pm Reply

EVERYDAY. EVERYWHERE. LIFE.

Kervin Fondren

Apr 4, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

I earned 2 Masters degrees in college and earned $60 a day as a Substitute Teacher. I medically retired and now earn what some school principals make. Patience and perseverance is paramount. It does get better.

Tamara Brown

Apr 4, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

I have seen this video pass by many times. I never clicked on to watch because I thought it would be too depressing. Quite the contrary. It was full of hope. Blessings to you young lady and your family.

Some shitty meme stealing account

Apr 4, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

Stop being broke lmao

Judi Mcmahon

Apr 4, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

Very inspiring.

HPPAV2003

Apr 4, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

I live in a basement apartment and I've never been happier.

Hds818

Apr 4, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

Wish the best for this woman.

TASconfidential

Apr 4, 2019, 4:09 am Reply

I wish this lady much success. Hopefully, she’ll focus on career and her kids and avoid men. Dealing with dudes seem to be the root of future problems.

I consistently tell my younger cousins to just focus on themselves, “dress and rest”, enjoy life, and seek no validation, attention or fulfillment from a man… I literally tell them consistently
1.) don’t get pregnant
2) niggas ain’t shit.

Sounds harsh, but I don’t want them to end up like this.

TASconfidential

Apr 4, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

Who was that man laid up in her home towards the end of the video?

That unit is for her and her children ONLY…

If that nigga wants to lay his head in that woman’s home, he needs to PROVIDE a home that’s NOT public housing.

LADIES, PLEASE TAKE HEED:
Never ever, ever, EVER deal with a guy that can’t at least MATCH you. He must at least have what you have. If you have your own place, and he’s couch surfing , or in his mommas basement, DO NOT let him set up shop in your home.

You KNOW if dude is a loser. He literally TELLS you he ain’t shit. Believe him, and run in the OPPOSITE direction.

You can’t change, improve, or upgrade him.

He will just eventually turn your life to shit too. You’ll be perpetually broke, pregnant and unhappy.

Nzinga heart

Apr 4, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

Damn I live in bmore and our housing use to be real bad until they knocked most of them down and build new luxury apartments and town homes for low income people. They knock most of our old schools in the hood area and build the schools bigger and better.

GaL actic

Apr 4, 2019, 4:27 pm Reply

The road we are “taught” to take almost never gets us to the destination promised. However, following your dreams it’s almost always outside of the “norm”: finish school , go to college, start a career. Doesn’t always happen that way. I’m glad to see her continuing thru and showing her babies self accountability. Public assistant isn’t always the problem. It’s the mindset of the impoverished that keeps u stuck.

Sarah Givens

Apr 4, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

I lived in Housing for 3 years my. husband and daughter. It can be trap. It is design for you to never leave. If you make money you pay more so you can never save money. We live very basic work had a couple of side hussle. After three years found house in foreclosure took money we saved up plus 3 years of income tax returns and got house cash. Going up poor nobody teaches you about money management. How to save invest. I worked for a lady who change the way I handle money. What was important the difference from needs and wants.

ladybug family

Apr 4, 2019, 10:14 pm Reply

Everybody talking about she's in the projects with flat screens. Y'all are so dumb, they only sell flat screens now smh. Besides. U can get one for a little of nothing. Before you cuss me out, I'm Mexican so save the jokes.

Ash Smith

Apr 4, 2019, 4:22 am Reply

the man living there what is he doing to better the situation for the family?

Harriet idowu

Apr 4, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

Don’t ever give up ??????????

My Comments

Apr 4, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

You all know not everybody living in public housing is paying $25 a week. Some people are paying $1500. Your income determines your rent. ? You do know people of professions a lot of your support living in government housing. Those professions include police officers, bus drivers, mail carriers, CNA. To name a few. ? And this person is on the right track. She earned her general education diploma. She earned her degree. I am sure now she has a career she love. You people are so negative.

My Comments

Apr 4, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

You all know not everybody living in public housing is paying $25 a week. Some people are paying $1500. Your income determines your rent. ? You do know people of professions a lot of your support living in government housing. Those professions include police officers, bus drivers, mail carriers, CNA. To name a few. ? And this person is on the right track. She earned her general education diploma. She earned her degree. I am sure now she has a career she love. You people are so negative.

RVMJ

Apr 4, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

I got out of poverty by getting a Bachelor's degree in Engineering at a Public University in 2010. Got an Internship at a top company, did research in the summer in my field. 3 months after graduation, I got an offer from another top company for a starting salary of 75k. Mind you, I was single mom of two kids. I am not rich by any means in the sense of extreme wealth. However, I have learned that anyone can build wealth through smart money moves and keeping debt low or non-existent. While I was poor, I learned to live below my means and I kept that same mentality now make over $100k a year with NO DEBT. I saved for my condo. I saved for my car. Everything was Paid upfront.

CousinNaya

Apr 4, 2019, 1:00 pm Reply

This was inspiring

lechell27

Apr 4, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

To all of you pro lifers…this is what happens when you’re standing outside of an abortion clinic or rallying to have stricter abortion laws! Women have children they either can’t afford or don’t want all together! Let your values and moral standing be just that YOURS! You all don’t want women to have abortions and you also complain about women living off the government. Your logic is ass backwards. ✌?

MKC Madara

Apr 4, 2019, 5:17 am Reply

The dad look comfortable is he working look like he basically ? off of her struggles he need to work or do something besides lay round

Malaika Morris

Apr 4, 2019, 7:21 am Reply

You will be fine. God got you. My mom did not even have the basic nor projects where we from. But she made it and we are good. Stay strong.

Violet Butterscotch

Apr 4, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

I lived in Potomac gardens during my teen years and it amazes me how I run to people who either ask if I still live around there or the people (generations of families) who live there who glorify it who never leave who don’t look to leave

Jj

Apr 4, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

Damn, when she said "you feel less than" that hit me right in the heart. I know exactly what she's talking about.

Mooky 845

Apr 4, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

I live in the projects and I just got my nursing license plan on moving soon so yeah no one should judge

Amina Dayo Ife

May 5, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

Most of us are one paycheck away from being homeless. Some of us cant afford a happy meal and bus fare but still fuckin and suckin. So please stop talking shit about this woman.

Golden Truth

May 5, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

I noticed they didn't interview the dad at all

Lesa Nycole

May 5, 2019, 3:37 am Reply

…wonder how shes doing today

Jeff Orr

May 5, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

Keep on spitting kids out like gum balls, ain’t going to be liveing in no paridice.

FATOILET

May 5, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

How's she doing now?

Scott Reynolds

May 5, 2019, 10:59 pm Reply

Got to give this young lady props! She is trying to better herself and her children's lives! That's what life is all about! Good for her!

zaro

May 5, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

Aye, big congrats to studying MLT. Hope you acquired your license and now working in healthcare. From a clinical lab worker, I wish you the best and keep pushing forward.

Automatic Slim

May 5, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

Waiting for the interview with the father of her children…
Life is choices.

ROBERT OQUENDO

May 5, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

Poor,Broke,Uneducated. b But has a baby?
What do you expect?
Some people will never get it.

steve4nj

May 5, 2019, 8:01 pm Reply

stop spreading your legs and having kids you dumb bitch

Bo Law

May 5, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

Everyone does not have a mentor and they do well on their own. That’s an excuse and sounds like the victim card . Here’s how life goes: Parents raise their kids and teach them values and responsibilities. Kid then will study and go to school as told to by parents. Kid works hard and then the finish school along with some type of job after school. That builds character and starts the foundation for Adult good. Kid then either goes into some type of full time career or college. If you chose college, then earn a degree you are going to use. Get the degree and start putting all the things that your parents thought you, and what you learned in school and jobs you may have had together. If you follow these steps, which only require willingness for a better life and success and determination, you should have NO problem. It’s not a white, black, rich, poor, or any other excuse. Everyone has choices and we all make good ones and bad ones. Learn from both! Having Kids, being on the system, living in the projects, have a bum live with you, is your choice! I’m glad you are trying, but lose the unwanted baggage I see With you. No man will make you successful , definitely not one that’s already proven to be a deadbeat!

Logan Rumpf

May 5, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

Wish her luck and success…. She is motivated and has goals.

Najila Saudi Arabia

May 5, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Shouldn’t have had all those kids lol

Ron Banks

May 5, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

i truely hope everything gets better for you and your family. keep ya head up baby girl

carol sceniak

May 5, 2019, 5:02 am Reply

Were are the fucking fathers?They support them not tax payers.

tasha myles

May 5, 2019, 10:10 am Reply

I came from projects in CHICAGO DOUBLE H I MISS LIVING THERE WE LIVE WE WAS GOOD ALL MY LIFE

Adolf Mussolini

May 5, 2019, 3:57 pm Reply

Ghetto welfare rats. No fathers. Follow trash like Sharpton and farrakhan

MINDYWAAAA

May 5, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

: ) what a sweet life

MoneyOverFame

Jun 6, 2019, 6:17 pm Reply

Salute to this sister.

Jacob Gurure

Jun 6, 2019, 12:28 am Reply

i'm from Africa Harare Zimbabwe and what you call basic is middle class for us.i think you are blessed just that your country has higher standards of living so you feel less than

lostinthelookingglas

Jun 6, 2019, 1:19 am Reply

Her kids are so adorable

Buster Biloxi

Jun 6, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

Where's your "baby daddy"? Nice lady, speaks well. Stop having kids.

ROOSTER HEAD

Jun 6, 2019, 2:21 pm Reply

People that live in poverty are always sexually Active! Focus,on something else!

ROOSTER HEAD

Jun 6, 2019, 2:24 pm Reply

That grown ass man?

Margherita Cardelli

Jun 6, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

God bless

terry ferguson

Jun 6, 2019, 5:58 pm Reply

I hate to be negative here,but must say a few things.USA has been set up to be taken down.Collapse is coming by 2020,or shortly there after.The technology comes from the fallen angels and demons that inhabit people.The educational,church,government,money system is all part of Babylon.The beast system.Many think education is the way to go.I see really,very few,looking to God or the real word of God(the KIng James bible).Bible knowledge is the only knowledge that will stand in the last days.Tribulation is near.Many have college degrees and still are homeless and struggling.Jesus Christ is the only one that can save.

Some random person

Jun 6, 2019, 7:00 pm Reply

I remember living in the projects back when i was 5

Nick Young

Jun 6, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

They are such an adorable family I wish only the best for them

Smooth Stick

Jun 6, 2019, 11:18 pm Reply

Thats not even bad i live in watts in imperial housing projects. There is niggas on the roofs with rifle's at night. Every fucking night someone get shot…. I try to be good kid and not to dropout highschool & go to college. I work in sea food restaraunt cause i dont want to be thug or ese u know….

whatmeworry notoday

Jun 6, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

What I take away is how articulate she is. Meaning she came to the projects with a head on her shoulders. And good for her. Keep up the hard work. But what to do about those illiterate folks who stay in the cycle of poverty? It's hard when your born into a home where everyone is illiterate and can't speak or write properly. By the time that child gets to school they are so far behind. Its almost impossible to catch up. That's the reality of far to many in the projects.

Jameson Fitsimons

Jul 7, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

Mad respect

Nate Graham

Jul 7, 2019, 8:26 am Reply

Dude might not be doing much in our eyes but at least he's there. I'm sure his being there helps her out a lot. They're all in it together and that's what really matters. I have to give him credit for being there and involved. Everything can't be measured in dollars and cents.

Jost Somuan

Jul 7, 2019, 8:36 pm Reply

To be honest, I always assumed that the people living in the Projects were uneducated aggressive drug addicts. I want give a huge thanks to the person that made this video possible. It opened my eyes. It is not as if one chooses to not have enough money to afford an apartment. These people are victims of not knowing how to manage their money well enough.

Naiomi McKenzie

Jul 7, 2019, 3:07 am Reply

I stay in DC area also. There is a unspoken rule here in DC that you have to act and be normal. People are very judgy here especially if you are a minority. I dont see myself staying in this area to long myself. DC is rough all around. Its depressing to live out and see the same things daily. Its been a goal of mine. So you are not alone in this. Its best to just keep people out your business all around because they use that against you and judge you for it

Eunice Estrada

Jul 7, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

People like her will end up in a god place god knows his plans for her are positive ones .

Will Widmer

Jul 7, 2019, 2:22 am Reply

Poopoo

Nonya Bidness

Jul 7, 2019, 3:09 pm Reply

Home is what u make it. .remember that

Kingslayer1314

Jul 7, 2019, 2:24 pm Reply

God bless amen ?

Claudia Claudia

Jul 7, 2019, 1:52 am Reply

She's not addicted to drugs she just loves the raw dogg

Clifford Lancaster

Jul 7, 2019, 7:28 am Reply

Potomac Gardens. Southeast Washington DC.

Kevin Hardin

Jul 7, 2019, 1:55 am Reply

Love these comments, all unicorns fartin out glitter for da chillins . Damn parasites

Bens Friends

Jul 7, 2019, 10:07 am Reply

c'mon man !! if mommy and daddy are on welfare and food stamps , wtf , can you teach your kids about money ?? and why do you even have kids when you can't even take of yourself , wtf is wrong with people , when i was growing up , both my parents worked , wtf are these people doing ? going to school does not make you money !!!!

Ayame Thompson

Aug 8, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

I’m waiting. So is my mom

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