Great Society Legislation. By b.lind Jan 1, 1964 VISTA The program increased employment opportunities for conscientious people who felt they could contribute to the War on Poverty. Period: Jan 1, 1964 to Dec 31, 1966 Great Society Legislation Aug 20, 1964 Econimic Oppurtunity Act The EOA provided for job training, adult education, and loans to small businesses to attack the roots of unemployment and poverty. Mar 20, 1965 Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD was founded as a Cabinet department in 1965, as part of the "Great Society" program of President Lyndon Johnson, to develop and execute policies on housing. Apr 11, 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education A former teacher who had witnessed poverty's impact on his students, Johnson believed that equal access to education was vital to a child's ability to lead a productive life. Jul 30, 1965 Medicaid . Among the groups of people served by Medicaid are certain U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including low-income adults and their children, and people with certain disabilities. Jul 30, 1965 Medicare President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare, which provides low-cost hospitalization and medical insurance for the nation's elderly. Sep 29, 1965 The National Foundations of the Arts and Humanities This act promotes progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts in the United States. Oct 2, 1965 The Water Quality Act. Prevented water pollution by requiring states to establish and enforce water quality standards for interstate waterways. Oct 3, 1965 Immigration Act of 1965 Under the Act, 170,000 immigrants from the Eastern Hemisphere are granted residency, with no more than 20,000 per country Jan 1, 1966 Clean Water Restoration Act Fine of $100 per day on any person who failed to submit reports required by the law. Sep 9, 1966 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. The Act created the National Highway Safety Bureau. The Act was one of a number of initiative by the government in response to increasing number of cars and associated fatalities and injuries.