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In response to increasing racial discrimination in housing in the United States in the 1960's the YWCA of the U.S.A. develops programming aimed at strategies to eliminate segregated housing and create open housing in communities. Project proposals outline the specific goals of the programs, means of achieving these goals and the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. national organization and local associations in achieving open housing in communities. In addition to draft and completed project proposals, documents include minutes of project planning meetings, proposal summaries and the pamphlet "Neighbors and Neighborhoods" that provides context and background for the need of open housing initiatives. Additional documents concerning housing issues include suggested programming for local associations and reports concerning additional aspects of housing needs.
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Housing, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.