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FDR and Housing Legislation

FDR in Pittsburgh, PA at the Terrace Village Housing Project dedication.
October 11, 1940

September 1, 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act, a piece of late-New Deal legislation that reflected the government’s recognition of adequate housing as an important societal need.

This law established the United States Housing Authority (USHA), which provided $500 million in loans for low-cost housing projects across the country. To Franklin Roosevelt, adequate housing was not just a need, but a right. The Wagner-Steagall Housing Act of 1937, along with other New Deal housing and mortgage initiatives, brought greater economic security to hundreds of thousands of Americans.

For more information on the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act, including documents and photographs from the FDR Library’s archives, please visit: