- McComb, MS
- Site Type:
- Public Housing, Civic Facilities
- New Deal Agencies:
- Housing Programs, US Housing Authority (USHA)
- M. T. Reed Construction Company
- Quality of Information:
- Site Survival:
Burglund Heights, a public low-income housing complex for African Americans, was begun January 17, 1940. Thirteen buildings were planned to house 76 families, at a projected cost of $231,670. M. T. Reed Construction Company built the units. Work crew included 300 mechanics and laborers. The units were proposed to address inadequate living conditions for both black and white families in McComb, including lack of indoor toilets, running water, and houses in dilapidated condition. Construction was scheduled for completion August 1, 1940 and occupancy began September 1 with an average monthly rental of $11.00 including rent and utilities.
The two-story brick units are still in use.
Mississippi Department of Archives & History. Historic Resources Inventory database. Retrieved Oct. 22, 2019 from (https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/rpt.aspx?rpt=publicPropSearch&Name=&StreetNo=&StreetName=&City=McComb&County=Any).
Housing Ceremonies: Ground Breaking Planned to Formally Start Burglund Heights Project. Jan. 12, 1940. McComb Daily Journal, p. 1.
Ground Broken for Slum Clearance Project. (Jan. 17, 1940). McComb Daily Enterprise, p. 4.
September 1 is set as opening for Burglund. (May 6, 1940). McComb Daily Journal, p. 1.
Site originally submitted by Susan Allen on October 22, 2019.
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