The Harlem River Houses are said to be one of the most successful Housing Projects in New York City, and one of the first to be funded under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. Built in 1937 The Harlem River Houses were predominantly directed toward providing housing for working class African Americans.
Harlem River Houses is a New York City Housing Authority
public housing complex, which spans roughly 9 acres, located in the Harlem
neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The complex began construction in
1936 and was opened in the fall of 1937. This was one of the first two housing
projects in the city funded by the federal government. The goal behind this
establishment was providing quality housing for working class
African-Americans. The complex contains 574 apartments.
This establishment was funded as part of Franklin D.
Roosevelt’s “New Deal” social program in 1933. The project was built by the
housing division of the public works administration at the cost of $4.5 dollars
on land owned by the Rockefeller family, which demanded twice the regular amount
in which the federal government usually allows to acquire land for such
Harlem River Houses are said to be one of the most
successful housing complexes in New York City. When it opened, the project had
child care, health care and a public community room on site. Rent in 1937 was
$21.00 a month, and by 1939 was between $19 and $31 per month. During the
Reagan Administration, the rent was raised from 25% to 30% of a family's gross
income. This housing project has 1,008 current residents.