Municipal Archives

City of Dallas Housing Department, 1938-1999​​

Collection 1991-022​


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator Housing/Community Services Department
Title City of Dallas Housing Department
Dates 1938-1999
Quantity .63 linear feet 
Abstract Studies, reports, and promotional materials related to the Housing Authority.​
Identification 1991-022
Language Records are in English

​Scope and Content

The City of Dallas Housing Department offers a variety of programs to assist Dallas residents and strengthen communities.  The Department's goals are to increase homeownership opportunities (especially for low-income families), preserve existing owner-occupied and rental housing stock, increase the availability of affordable housing opportunities, and support neighborhood- and community-based preservation and revitalization efforts.

The Housing Department was preceded by the Dallas Housing Authority, a city-county board created under the umbrella of the Texas Housing Authorities Law in March 1938, and initially appointed by the mayor of Dallas.  Although it was long linked to the City of Dallas, the Housing Authority became a separate entity from city government.

Collection consists of printed studies, reports, and promotional materials, a portion of which is related to the Housing Authority.   Though not city government documents, the Housing Authority items reflect the origins and goals of the Housing Department.


The collection is arranged first by subject then by date.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws ​that may apply to fair use standards.


City of Dallas Housing Department, 1938-1999 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1995-014—Citizens Surveys [Housing], 1980 and 1983
Collection 1992-023—Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy, 1991-1996
Collection 1991-070—Fairland Annex Segregated Housing Materials, 1920
Collection 1995-011—Report on the Task Force on Public Housing, 1983

Index Term

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). Housing Dept
Housing -- Texas -- Dallas

Container List

Box Folder Title, Date
11Guide to Neighborhood Organizations in Dallas, undated [After 1982]
 2Homeowner Maintenance Handbook, 1999 [3 copies]  
 3Planning—Target Neighborhood Plan, 1986 [Census Tract 88.02]
 4Planning—Inside West Dallas, July 1948
[Original restricted; use photocopy.]
 5Planning—Proposed Housing Plan, 1973
 6Planning—Proposed Housing Plan, 1977
 7Planning—Housing Rehabilitation Report, 1959
 8Planning—Lake West Technical Supplement, West Dallas Housing Project, 1984
 9Report—Dallas Housing Authority, Annual Report, 1951
 10Report—Better Housing in Dallas, 1951 [Photocopy]
 11Report—Housing Authority, 1956
Report—Housing Authority, 1957
Report—Financial Report, 1957

Report—Dallas Housing Authority Annual, 1993

Survey, 1938

Survey, 1940

Task Force—Housing and Economic Development in Southern Dallas, February 1984

Task Force—Housing and Economic Development in Southern Dallas, February 1984 [copy]

[Addition 1]

Box Folder Title, Date
Calendar, 2000
Code Enforcement Workshop, 1985

[Addition 2]

BoxFolderTitle, Date
Designed for Living, Report by the Housing Authority 1938-1947, 1948