1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 3, 2021 2:47 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking HUD family surveys

    Stephanie Aude Newbie

      Hello, I wonder if HUD urban renewal "family surveys" are restricted for a certain number of years.  Do they even exist for hundreds of housing redevelopment projects across the country?  I believe they do.  Will they ever be made available similar to the TVA case files? These would be a rich genealogical source. I can find lots of aggregate information about urban renewal projects but very little information about specific families impacted and relocated by urban renewal projects.  Is it possible to access family level records or are those restricted. Thanks


        • Re: Seeking HUD family surveys
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Aude,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Housing Evaluation Form Survey of the Administrative Agency Experiment, 1973 - 1976 in the General Records of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (Record Group 207) that consists of data from a study of changes in the physical quality of housing experienced by participants in the Experimental Housing Allowance Program at eight sites. The data is available for you to download via the Catalog. For assistance with the data file, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) at cer@nara.gov.


          We also located the Final Grant Reports, 1951 - 1981; Program Files, 1940 - 1965, Subject Files, 1947 - 1960; the Management and Organization Subject Files, 1965 - 1969 in Record Group 207 that may include additional surveys and background material. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          In addition, we located Records Relating to Urban Renewal, 1934 - 1998 in the Records of the National Capital Planning Commission (Record Group 328) that include detailed surveys and interviews with business and property owners. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDE, RDT2 & RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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