This historic district was born in the New Deal under
President Franklin D. Roosevelt as one of his
Subsistence Communities during the Great
Depression. Today, most of the surviving 218
homes have been extensively remodeled,
while the area has continued to grow with
new neighborhoods and businesses.
When constructed, a Homestead house and
farm of 20-25 acres was valued at about $2,000.
The Homesteaders, earning about 50 cents an hour, received one-third
of their pay in cash, while the other two-thirds went back to the government as payment on their property.
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