Persistence of Slums

Archive Report

Growing Magnitude of Slum Problem

Action in Congress on Housing Legislation

Debate in Congress on the future of the urban renewal program emphasizes the persistence and growing magnitude of the slum problem in American cities. A Senate-passed omnibus housing bill, now awaiting action by the House, aims largely at speeding up slum elimination and making better housing available to families at the lower end of the income scale.

The pending bill was originally framed by the Subcommittee on Housing of the Senate Banking and Currency Committee after it had received statements from dozens of municipal officials explaining why slum clearance in their localities had lagged and in some cases bogged down. Many of the bill's provisions follow recommendations of those officials on ways to put new life ...

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