Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Model Cities

A White House Session on Urban Development

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Robert C. Weaver meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson and an unidentified individual in the Oval Office at the White House, 1967

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Robert C. Weaver (center) meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson (right) and an unidentified individual in the Oval Office at the White House, 1967. (New York Public Library)

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Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Robert C. Weaver (center) meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson (right) and an unidentified individual in the Oval Office at the White House, 1967.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society program. HUD sought to provide affordable housing to low-income citizens and help to redevelop American cities that had seen steep declines in population following the World War II.

In September 1965, Johnson directed HUD Secretary Robert Wood to chair a task force of industry executives, intellectuals, politicians, and administrators to bring the Model Cities proposal to life.

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