HOUSING: Jerry-Built

Housing Expediter Wilson Watkins Wyatt heard the rafters creaking; the roof might cave in on him any day now. The man from Kentucky had tried and was still trying to be optimistic about his sagging emergency housing program. He still insisted that the U.S. could build 1,200,000 new veterans' homes in 1946. But the program's sorry shape was plain to see:

¶ In six months, only 225,000 units were completed—and half of them had been started in 1945.

¶Many new houses, built for veterans, were falling apart. They had been put up with...

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