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Philadelphia Housing Authority

[Record group 152]
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Agency Function
The Authority's main function is the clearance of slum areas and the construction in them of low-rental housing, made available to families below certain income levels. These projects are financed through federal and private funds which are repaid through bonds issued by the Authority.

Agency History
The Philadelphia Housing Authority was created as a corporate body under the provisions of an Act of Assembly of 28 May 1937 and administered by a five-member voard, of whom two are appointed by the Mayor and two by the City Controller; these in turn appoint the fifth member. The Authority is independent of the city government. It is a nonprofit, quasi-public corporation, chartered to provide safe, sanitary, decent housing for families of low income. The federally aided program of the Housing Authority was authorized under federal Housing Acts of 1937 and 1940 and by a "cooperation agreement" of 1950 with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Board of Education.

Archival Records
152.1 Annual and Biennial Reports (1937-1941, 1950-1955, 1960-1961, 1963-1964, 1974, 1976, 1991)

152.2 Real Estate Property Survey. General Survey Tables (1939)

152.3 Queen Lane Housing Project. Drawings (1953)

152.4 Wilson Park Housing Project. Drawings. (1952)

152.5 By-Laws (1939, amended to 1969.)

152.6 Personnel Division. Annual Report (1 May 1951-15 June 1952)

152.7 Reports and Publications (1949-1957)

Current Records

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