HOUSING: Broke but Happy

Administrator Nathan Straus of the U. S. Housing Authority, which has been granted $800,000,000 from Congress for slum clearance since its organization 13 months ago, last week slammed his books shut, announced that the Authority was "broke but happy.'' Although there were only 46 local housing authorities when USHA set up shop, there are now 221 (in 31 States) qualified to take advantage of USHA's bargain terms—90% of the cost in longterm, low-interest loans—for slum clearance and low-rental housing programs. Not actually broke, USHA has signed $291,656,000 worth of contracts, earmarked $355,919,000...

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