National Housing Act, 1937

   Passed in 1937 and also known as the Wagner-Steagall Act, the National Housing Act of 1937 was intended to deal with the issue of poor housing and provide for slum clearance. It established the United States Housing Authority (USHA) to provide loans to states, local communities, and municipal housing authorities. By 1941, USHA had assisted in the construction of some 120,000 low-income family housing units. In 1942, the authority became the Federal Public Housing Authority within a newly created National Housing Agency.

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