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No Hope for the Children in There Are No Children Here Henry Horner Homes, an inner-city housing project, is the setting where the story of two boys growing up in America's inner-city occurs. The story tracks the River's household, especially the two middle boys, Lafeyette and Pharoah, focusing on the strife-ridden times of medications, death, gangs, and poverty. The writer describes how catastrophic life in the town is to get a family, but mainly because of the children. Public housing complexes have been viewed as pleasurable places. After the boys' mom, LaJoe, first moved to Horner she was thirteen. The homes had whitened, freshly painted walls, new linoleum flooring, closets you could conceal, and brand new appliances. The children went to dances in the cellar, hauled to the girl scouts, also played outside to the playground surrounded by newly planted grass. This harmonious sight all came to an abrupt end. The home authority didn't have the money or interest to put to the jobs. They did not have much concern for low-income families and, as a result, the projects were neglected. The smell in the flats became so bad that people believed dead fetuses were being flushed down the toilets. The appliances at the flats hardly ever worked, so cooking was limited. Following a review of the basement, over 2000 new and secondhand appliances were found covered with rats, animal carcasses and excrements. The dead creatures, paraphernalia, along with feminine undergarments explained the smell lingering throughout the flats. Inner-city life is full of glimmers of hope. The children had hopes of leaving the dreadful roads of the ghetto and moving to an improved and innovative place. There are times when Lafayette says,.