Columbia Housing to Celebrate 90th Anniversary April 30th

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(Columbia, SC) –The beginnings of Columbia Housing can be traced to the early 1930s as the country was working its way out of The Great Depression. To get the country moving again–President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched The New Deal—a comprehensive plan to provide relief for the needy; economic recovery; and financial reform. Creating safe, sanitary, and affordable housing to replace slums was a cornerstone of those efforts.

As part of The New Deal, the federal government sent the Civil Works Administration to Columbia to survey housing conditions. They found more than half of the homes lacked indoor tubs and showers and many had no running water. So, in April 1934, (under the authority of the state of South Carolina) the Columbia City Council adopted a resolution by Mayor L. B. Owens to create the Housing Authority of Columbia (today’s Columbia Housing) and formed a five-member, volunteer housing committee with a goal of “eradicating certain slum conditions.” That five-member volunteer committee became the agency’s first official board of commissioners.

Today, 90 years later, Columbia Housing is the largest public housing authority in South Carolina and will celebrate its rich history with a 90th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, April 30th. The Celebration Program is at 11 am and will be held under the white tent in the parking lot of the Columbia Housing headquarters building at 1917 Harden Street. SC State Senator Tameika Isaac Devine is the featured speaker. Walking Through History Tours begin at 12:30 pm and conclude at 2:00 pm. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served in the Board Room Atrium on the 1st floor immediately following the 11 am Celebration Program.

CEO Yvonda Bean says “the team has been working on 90th Anniversary celebration events for several weeks. In addition to the April 30th event, we are planning a family-focused Fun Day Celebration for early summer, and a relaunch of our Wall of Fame inductions in the Fall. We’re going to be honoring our rich history with our residents and partners for the rest of the year.”

Columbia Housing is the largest public housing authority in the state of South Carolina serving 6,500 low-income families and more than 16,000 individuals throughout the City of Columbia, Richland County, and the City of Cayce.

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