National Housing Act of 1934

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The National Housing Act of 1934, Pub.L. 84–345, 48 Stat. 847, enacted June 28, 1934, also called the Capehart Act, was part of the New Deal passed during the Great Depression in order to make housing and home mortgages more affordable.[1] It created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation.[citation needed] It also created the United States Housing Authority to make low-interest, long term loans to local public agencies for slum clearance and construction of low-income dwellings.[2]

It was designed to stop the tide of bank foreclosures on family homes. Both the FHA and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation worked to create the backbone of the mortgage and home building industries.[citation needed]

The Housing Act of 1937 builds on this legislation.


HUD Historical Background

  1. ^ Buescher, John. "Home Sales During the Depression.", accessed 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ America, Past and Present.

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