Two-Thirds of a Nation: A Housing Program

Two-Thirds of a Nation: A Housing Program

Two-Thirds of a Nation: A Housing Program

Two-Thirds of a Nation: A Housing Program

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America today stands committed to a rehousing program with the goal of providing a good home for every family in the nation.

The threat of war, or war itself, may delay the rehousing of slum families; shortages of manpower may disrupt new construction schedules; plans for defending our cities may take priority over plans for rebuilding them. But there can be no turning back. As age relentlessly takes its toll of existing homes and the population continues to grow, the ranks of the homeless and ill-housed will multiply year by year. Postponement can only sharpen the problem.

World conditions may enforce delays in construction. They should not delay study and planning. America has much to learn in the field of urban redevelopment. The extra time may be turned to good use.

Under these circumstances, there is need for a book which sets forth the fundamentals of sound housing policy. The book should deal with existing conditions and should be factual and prophetic, rather than historic.

Above all, the book should be written with an eye constant to the ultimate goal. This goal is not "slum clearance," "homes for veterans," or "a building boom." Those are all kindred subjects. They bear about the same relationship to the real problem as a bull fight to the sausage business. They deal with the same raw materials -- but in different ways.

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