Great Society legislation passed during the Johnson administration-Shannon Skierka By firstname.lastname@example.org Jul 23, 1964 • Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), 1964 Sent Volunteers to help in poor communities. Aug 20, 1964 • Economic Opportunity Act, 1964 Created to combat causes of poverty such as illiteracy. Set up community action programs to give the poor a voice in defining local housing, health and education policies. Apr 9, 1965 • Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Provided education aid to states based on the number of childern from low-income homes. Jul 30, 1965 • Medicare, 1965 Provided hospital and low-cost medical insurance for most Americans age 65 and older. Jul 30, 1965 • Medicaid, 1965 Provided low-cost health insurance for poor Americans of any age who could not afford their own private health insurance. Sep 9, 1965 • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1965 Established to oversee the nation's housing needs and to develop and rehabilitate urban communities. HUD also provided money for rent supplements and low-income housing. Sep 29, 1965 • The National Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, 1965 Offered grants to artists and scholars. Oct 2, 1965 • Water Quality Act, 1965 Brought about water and air quality standards and provided funding for environmental research. Oct 3, 1965 Immagration Act of 1965 This Act replaced the varying quotas wih a limit of 20,000 immagrates per year from any one country outside the Western Hemisphere. Jun 30, 1966 • Clean Water Restoration Act, 1966 Brought about water and air quality standards and provided funding for environmental research. Sep 9, 1966 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Act, 1966 Established safety standards for all vehicles to protect the consumers.