Photo by Erika Beras/PRI -- Samuel Bomera, in the center, and Mpanzu Barugire, on the right, came to the US as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They hold their newborn twins as they meet with a social worker, Viola Byegata, at their new home in Northview Heights, a public housing project in Pittsburgh, on Oct. 4, 2017.

When Bill Gandy was growing up in Northview Heights in the 1970s and 80s, no one had to show identification to get in. But now there are armed guards and 200 security cameras dotted around this sprawling, isolated public housing project run by the Pittsburgh City Housing Authority. Everyone who enters has to show ID, every time.

“It just feels like a prison system to have a checkpoint in front of a neighborhood,” Gandy says. “That’s already a bad start, to tell you the truth. It’s like going into a military camp.”

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