Public Housing in Cleveland: A History of Firsts

Arguably, Cleveland is the birthplace of public housing. Ernest J. Bohn pushed for the development of public housing, which led to Cleveland being the home of many national public housing firsts. This list includes, but is not limited to, the first public housing law, first public housing authority (Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority), and the first federal housing project. See a timeline of events.

This exhibit documents the visual history of the development of public housing in Cleveland using photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection.

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Map of existing and planned public housing projects in Cleveland, Ohio, 1961
Map of existing & planned public housing projects
in Cleveland, Ohio, 1961. View image.

From the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Valleyview public housing project
Valleyview public housing project looking
towards Public Square, 1940. View image.

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Appreciation

This website is the practicum project of Library and Information Science student, Caitlin Gelin-Milan. She would like to thank the Michael Schwartz Library staff in Special Collections, the Digital Production Unit and Library Systems for their help and guidance.