Despite an unprecedented economic downturn, WPA remains open during the Great Depression.

“The exigencies of [the Great Depression] have brought their added problems to WPA. Extreme poverty is having its effect upon the groups we work with as well as upon the rest of the community. Shoplifting, by those who have never done it before, now comes more often to our attention. Disaster has come through lack of [job] openings and consequently of self-respect.”

– 1933 Annual Report