David Anderson

“It means a great deal to me to know that I can afford this housing."  After retiring, David’s decreased income required him to downsize.  His two-bedroom apartment at Griggs Farm has provided a home for his ten-year-old daughter and himself that is both affordable and close to her school.  “It is a terrible thing for a parent to have to worry about moving a family around when financial hardship strikes.  Affordable apartments are stable apartments, and stability makes all the difference for growing children.”

It Starts with a Home

Princeton Community Housing: It Starts with a Home

"It Starts with a Home" illustrates how important a stable home has been in the lives of our residents, the housing opportunities PCH has provided over the past 50 years and our vision to ensure that Princeton is a vibrant, inclusive community that is home to persons of all income levels. We are most thankful to our residents, trustees and staff for telling us their stories in support of our mission to provide, manage and advocate for affordable, safe and well maintained homes, offering all people the opportunity to build more productive and fulfilling lives.

Yiu Yin Chan and Min Guiying, Elm Court

Yiu Yin Chan and Min Guiying are friends and enjoy gardening in the Community Garden where they have their own plots during the spring and summer months. Yiu Yin Chan grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the United States in 2000 to be closer to her daughter, son and grandson, who attends Rutgers University. Min Guiying grew up on a farm in Jinge Xi, China. She was a child when she learned to farm and she is now an accomplished gardener. When she moved to the United States in 2002, she missed being able to plant in her own garden.

Lois Craig, Elm Court

Lois Craig was born in 1927 in a small house located at 1 Margerum Court in Princeton, NJ. Her mother and maternal grandmother were also natives to Princeton. Lois was raised with 9 siblings and has very fond memories of growing up in Princeton. She attended the Witherspoon School on Quarry Street until the eighth grade. Lois shares that at that time, schools in Princeton were segregated and all white students attended another elementary school located on Nassau Street. By the time Lois was ready for high school, Princeton Schools were fully integrated.