Felix hangs his clothes to dry outside the ground floor apartment his family has lived in his entire life in Havana, Cuba. Apartments and homes cannot be sold, traded or rented, and as a result families live in the same place for generations. 1998

 

In the fifty years since Castro’s revolution, Cubans have weathered spectacular changes. What was once considered an island paradise continues to become a derelict memory of its former self. The US embargo against Cuba, done in the name of helping the population, has actually worsened the situation. Families live in the houses assigned to them by the government and make do with what little they have. The black market is huge.

 

Armando cleans a room in his family's home that is illegally rented to a foreigner in Havana, Cuba. Apartments and homes cannot be sold, traded or rented, and as a result families live in the same place for generations. Home stays are strictly regulated, but some Cuban families brave the repercussions of government sanctions in favor of hard currency. 1998

 

In the fifty years since Castro’s revolution, Cubans have weathered spectacular changes. What was once considered an island paradise continues to become a derelict memory of its former self. The US embargo against Cuba, done in the name of helping the population, has actually worsened the situation. Families live in the houses assigned to them by the government and make do with what little they have. The black market is huge.

 

Layla and Yvonne in their kitchen in their family home in Havana, Cuba. Apartments and homes cannot be sold, traded or rented, and as a result families live in the same place for generations. 1999

 

In the fifty years since Castro’s revolution, Cubans have weathered spectacular changes. What was once considered an island paradise continues to become a derelict memory of its former self. The US embargo against Cuba, done in the name of helping the population, has actually worsened the situation. Families live in the houses assigned to them by the government and make do with what little they have. The black market is huge.

 

Usnavy (left) and her boyfriend Marcos sit in his family's house in Havana, Cuba. Apartments and homes cannot be sold, traded or rented, and as a result families live in the same place for generations. 2007

 

In the fifty years since Castro’s revolution, Cubans have weathered spectacular changes. What was once considered an island paradise continues to become a derelict memory of its former self. The US embargo against Cuba, done in the name of helping the population, has actually worsened the situation. Families live in the houses assigned to them by the government and make do with what little they have. The black market is huge.

 

Armando plays with his god child, Maria Elena, in his bedroom in his family's home in Havana, Cuba. Apartments and homes cannot be sold, traded or rented, and as a result families live in the same place for generations. 2007

 

In the fifty years since Castro’s revolution, Cubans have weathered spectacular changes. What was once considered an island paradise continues to become a derelict memory of its former self. The US embargo against Cuba, done in the name of helping the population, has actually worsened the situation. Families live in the houses assigned to them by the government and make do with what little they have. The black market is huge.

 

Layla washes clothes outside of her home in Havana, Cuba. Apartments and homes cannot be sold, traded or rented, and as a result families live in the same place for generations. 1998

 

In the fifty years since Castro’s revolution, Cubans have weathered spectacular changes. What was once considered an island paradise continues to become a derelict memory of its former self. The US embargo against Cuba, done in the name of helping the population, has actually worsened the situation. Families live in the houses assigned to them by the government and make do with what little they have. The black market is huge.