Washington Housing Association

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The Washington Housing Association was a civic group dedicated to promoting slum clearance and low-income housing in Washington, D.C.

From the description of Records, 1935-1947. (Historical Society of Washington, Dc). WorldCat record id: 70962764

The Washington Housing Association (WHA) was originally organized in 1933 as the Washington Committee on Housing to improve housing for low-income residents. WHA sponsored the Alley Dwelling Elimination Act of July 1934. Mrs. Charlotte Everett Hopkins, a long-time crusader for the passage of the Act, was instrumental in the formation of WHA. Eleanor Roosevelt served as WHA's honorary chairman. Frederic A. Delano was its first chairman, and John Ihlder, a nationally recognized housing activist, served as WHA's first secretary. WHA became the Washington Planning and Housing Association in 1962 and later the Metropolitan Washington Planning and Housing Association.

From the description of Records of the Washington Housing Association, 1950-1963. (District of Columbia Public Library). WorldCat record id: 42277502

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Nolen, John 1898-1986. John Nolen, Jr. papers, 1921-1986, bulk 1935 - 1968. George Washington University
creatorOf Washington Housing Association. Records of the Washington Housing Association, 1950-1963. District of Columbia Public Library
referencedIn Vinton, Warren Jay, 1889-1969. Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Washington Housing Association. Records, 1935-1947. Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
referencedIn Papers, 1932-1952, 1954 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Rockwood, Edith, 1888-1952. Papers, 1932-1954 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alley Dwelling Authority (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Edith Rockwood, 1888-1952 person
associatedWith Hopkins, Charlotte Everett. person
associatedWith Ihlder, John, 1876-1958. person
associatedWith National Capital Housing Authority (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rockwood, Edith, 1888-1952. person
associatedWith Smith, Lawrence M. C. 1902-1975. person
associatedWith United States. Federal Housing Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Vinton, Warren Jay, 1889-1969. person
associatedWith Washington Committee on Housing. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington Planning and Housing Association. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
City planning
Housing policy
Landlord and tenant
Low-income housing
Public housing
Relocation (Housing)
Rent control
Urban renewal

Corporate Body

Active 1935

Active 1947


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