Social housing in Nancy seems to be a debilitating experience for most people in life insofar as that region. They loose any sense of control on the course of their housing conditions and social relationships in the neighborhood are concerned. A housing demonstration project was built there 4 years ago in order to provide a living environment where people would have the opportunity of taking a fresh look at their dwelling situation and engaging in a rediscovery of neighbourly relationships and homely feelings in town. We carried out a follow up study in order to assess the impact of the denonstration project on the new inhabitants'system of representations and to observe the development of their pattern of relationships within and around the project for the first two years of settlement.