Public Housing, 1955

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Public Housing and the 84Th Congress

A Controversy over public housing, dormant since the 54th Congress convened, will burst out within the next few weeks. Hearings are expected shortly, before either the Senate or the House Banking and Currency Committee, on bills to carry out recommendations on public housing made to Congress by President Eisenhower in his State of the Union and budget messages at the opening of the 1955 session. The question of whether or not the federal government should continue to subsidize low-rent housing, which always draws strong expressions of opinion from the opposing sides, thus is in for another public airing at committee meetings and in floor debate.

President'S Recommendations on Public Housing

The President said on Jan. 6 that “We must… authorize contracts ...

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