“What happens to a dream deferred?” (Langston Hughes, Harlem, 1951).
Residents of public housing in New York moved in with the promise of affordable housing and a stepping stone to financial stability and independence. But, lack of oversight and political chaos have left them living in horrific conditions, unimaginable in the world’s wealthiest city. A Dream Deferred offers an intimate look at the lives of New York City Housing Authority residents. We meet residents, young and old, grappling with health, safety, and quality of life issues, due to the deteriorating conditions of their homes and communities. In this five part digital docuseries, we talk to the people who not only live in NYCHA, but also fight for better conditions and accountability for themselves and their neighbors. For them, the promise of the American Dream and a dignified home is a dream deferred, but not lost.
All episodes of A Dream Deferred are now streaming right here on Chasing the Dream.