The United States government required residents to have a steady job to move into this community
The United States government required residents to have a steady job, making between $1,000 and $2,500 a year – that would be $16,000 to $40,000 today to become a resident of the Resettlement community of Greenhills, Ohio in 1938. This stipulation kept many of the poorest in Cincinnati from moving in.
Government officials came out and interviewed their neighbors in Westwood to determine their moral character and make sure they would maintain the property.
Income was checked every year, and those who exceeded the maximum were asked to leave.
Only white families were accepted, though that was in an era when segregation was common.
The first residents moved into apartments on Avenell Lane on 1 Apr 1938.
Greenhills, Ohio, a community planned by the Suburban Division of the U.S. Resettlement Administration was part of President Roosevelts New Deal plans to pull citizens out of the Great Depression. The community of Greenhills started receiving residents in the spring of 1938.
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Prospective tenants of Greenhills project being interviewed in family selection office. Ohio Oct 1938 by photographer John Vachon
Greenhills community building. Ohio October, 1938 John Vachon photographer – The Greenhills Community Building housed a library, gym and movie facilities, as well as two Works Progress Administration murals by Paul Chidlaw and Richard Zoellner
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