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Saturday, October 1, 2016

FDR’s Alphabet Soup

Records from the Great Depression
Cath Madden Trindle

USHA-United States Housing Authority

1937 – in various forms to present   NARA RG 207 

Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 – 09/15/1945)
The USHA was created by the Housing / Wagner-Steagall Act of 1937 (Pub.L. 75–412, 50 Stat. 888, enacted September 1, 1937). It has been reorganized and regrouped many times over the past seventy plus years.  Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development carries on it’s functions.
USHA provided subsidies from the U.S. government to local public housing agencies to improve living conditions for low-income families.
Living quarters for over 600,000 low income (often homeless) individuals were started in multiple localities. The programs created helped establish the direction of federal housing policy for the next 10 years, leading to the creation of the urban renewal program.
Look for records of projects at the local, regional, state and national level.
§  OPA results (NARA Online Public Access)
§  Online Archive of California – United States Housing Authority
§  Textual Records (in San Francisco): Prefabricated Housing Loan Program records (files 356-378 only), 1953-54.

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