This week Dwight Eisenhower turned his attention to housing, sent Congress a message placing the federal housing program on a new foundation. The President's long-range aim: to enable every American family to have a "decent home."

As a temporary measure, the President proposed that the Federal Government build 35,000 living units a year in low-rent housing developments, 15,000 a year more than the present rate. But he called for an experimental program under which the Government would encourage low-income families to buy their own homes, instead of moving into Government-built projects. The plan would be limited to families displaced by...

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