- Portland, OR
- Site Type:
- Sanitation and Water Disposal, Infrastructure and Utilities
- New Deal Agencies:
- Work Relief Programs, Public Works Funding, Public Works Administration (PWA), Civil Works Administration (CWA)
- Quality of Information:
- Site Survival:
- Partially Extant
During the hard winter months of 1933-1934, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) was a work relief program that employed Portlanders on a variety of needed projects. Sewer repair work was one such project category. These men are shown doing sewer repair in the Laurelhurst neighborhood at the corner of SE Floral and SE Ankeny Streets on January 26, 1934.
The CWA served as a federal relief program from November 8, 1933 through March 31, 1934. When the CWA began, Oregon anticipated being able to put 21,000 men back to work on small projects involving a large amount of hand labor. The projects were submitted for approval to the CWA and the jobless were asked to apply to the administration.
The CWA was part of the Federal Emergency Relief Act (FERA). FERA operated from May 12, 1933 to May 6, 1935 when it was replaced by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as the New Deal’s primary work relief program.
"8 Man Crew Digging Trenches for Sewer Repair on Corner of SE Floral and Ankeny Streets," PWA Collection, City of Portland Archives- Elfies. https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/3895317
"Orders Received for Civil Works: Start on Projects Set for Thursday," Oregonian. November 19, 1933.
Site originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on October 30, 2022.
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