Public Housing in Cleveland: A History of Firsts


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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Cleveland Memory Project

What is Cleveland Memory?

The Cleveland Memory Project is a freely searchable online collection of digital photos, texts, oral histories, videos and other local history resources, built by the Michael Schwartz Library at the Cleveland State University in collaboration with a host of community partners around Northeast Ohio.