The Real Deal New York

Looking back: New city housing authority proposed

February 26, 2013 09:30AM
By Adam Pincus

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Affordable housing advocate Mary Simkhovitch

From the February issue: Plans to create what would become the New York City Housing Authority were unveiled 80 years ago this month in 1933. Indeed, the New York State Housing Board sought to create the new city agency that would have broad powers to construct apartment buildings in poor areas of the five boroughs. The redevelopment effort was known as “slum clearance” at the time. Mary Simkhovitch, the founder of the National Public Housing Conference, a leading affordable housing organization, backed the plan, giving it instant credibility. [more]

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