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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 1956
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ihn Sporkm"' Wee our heads and deplore crime "'' delinquency and disease, for we |j°.V'c' only be furthering crime and I eli|iquen( v and disease if we killed r'Wic housing. We would not be vot- 8 for economy, but for real extrava- £n°c and wastage of human re- iirc-cs. There is no longer any ques- 0 of whether public housing is ?°eial iv,. | istic Taft and others like him settled a ut c °r un-American in any way. Sen- blic lion, "tor y.lft „,„l .,rl,„.-.- luVQ u;m l..»i„,i f the lea* Congress ; Act witj 5,000 pi* ! law, sp« i'e our .its to c\ e time ' The Price We Pay By Paul L. Poirot* ng pro^ tlio!Ve,must have better housing for ... . "e Americans who are now forced ilts. ' I t'.Mll'- -U i .lini-st'^V Ii,' "' ,,:,tor W S"lnSs; W window-,. «, iOOO in''' tani ° believe a great number ol the T'^'11-',1,Iilr dti*ens "' ""' United qm nhowen' *! * housing. But there are questions u't.s f"r ;ome ire e nu' ■ en d- us no' Apd istic or un-American, as many >ccn prone to say. It is not social- that question long ago. The question now is whether we shall doom millions of our citizens to ti life of despair, without any hope of having an opportunity to achieve a decent place in which to live and bring up their children in decent surroundings with the slums removed. We must not let up, but we must continue to wage a full-scale battle on this, our number one scandal. the prevailing market price. Or suppose that some owner decides to sell his home for a figure well below what the prevailing market price might be. This, too, might lead to a so-called housing shortage, for there would be a tremendous demand for such a bargain. Actually, these are pretty radical suppositions. Private builders and home owners usually do not cut their own throats in any such fashion .... to slums and substandard So said tt presidential candidate. dent E* StatetT, fi'C citinens "' ""' V'"'' ii i no*1 too i- lnere reallv seems to be no ' ,'f"hi as to the desirability of ade- jj^hous led off ' fctp What k"ul of nousing is ade" tutl"'1 \<i ■ ' ' • as to who is being forced to ott'san* Vs"1 slllms aml substandard dvvell- tlie '' ferh' ° is aPP'>''n8 'he force. And f the P1* °fal?tS '"" most imP°rtant questions tied1 kh "avc to do with the methods of .'rM t^ CVi'lg heth'r hot'sing. Who is to s that n1' * to ne what is bctter or best? Who \,t .Provide and who is to occupy . -n better housing? ident r# K, Presidential candidate probably f 3& "eeri referring to his own personal ,s 'i"1< Viv'"1i he called for bctter hous- > 1 the 1 N 'S Prohable, however, that at ,,,rfi to °rie purpose of his statement was 'am ' "i fc,publish his eligibility for occu- ^Sl<)f ■ k[: "te House is not a housing proj- • \<m "' usual sense of the term; but "".K-t"' % 'hods of providing the dwelling wc. '. f> %L-()i selecting the occupant are " " it- ' Hli'"f-V similar to those used for ' ^.Vii"' 'thi ""sing projects. In either ease. •d to ' a house which has been , V repaired at a cost to Ameri- 8*Payers of $5,832,000. Of course, ■ '"tc Mouse is not! fcft cal method is used for deter Ep the need and assessing the We/?jMt f«l>lic II •J'tulc is excerpted from Dr. Poirot's "",lJV> of the costs involved. ■<ih/. ^/ork. Dr. "i'oi'rot,' of ' Ii. ','"""■ Housing, a 1954 publication - rOl!\|)Mit)\ |.-o|i ECONOMIC K FOUNDATION F *k y>'IO\, INC., Irvington-on-Hudson, fit .0rk- Dr. Poirot, a staff member of i>ri!;'), "Is" written V7ir Pension idea. Iits and Unman Rights, BafgaAn- eeuritij, and other booklets and Lftrt, , a'so written y^'".K'Khtsand llu \"'lat S Although the foregoing campaign statement did not say so, many persons believe that a housing shortage evists in the United States at the present time. They say that there are not enough dwellings to satisfy the demand. They say it isn't right that some American families should be deprived of better housing, especially when they appear willing to pay for it. They say that private builders aren't doing the job, that the competitive system isn't functioning properly. Many persons believe that the government ought to do something about such a situation, A seeming corrective for tiny shortage is to produce more of the things which are scarce — in this instance, produce more houses. And that's precisely what a great many citizens believe the government of the United States ought to do; carry on and enlarge its public housing program . . . The problem is that there are not enough dwellings to satisfy the demand at prevailing prices .... Someone has been trying to set too low a price for housing, thus causing too much demand. Theoretically, such interference could originate with individual owners of houses, apartments, and other dwellings. Suppose an apartment house builder were to open a new project, for some reason offering all of his well-built and highly desirable apartments at a monthly rental of ten dollars, including utilities. In most communities such a ridiculously low rental rate would bring forth far more applications from tenants than could be satisfied. The apartment house owner would have created a housing "shortage" simply by building housing and offering it for rental at less than }i ^ ,, "in vt \i ws, April, 1956 GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE Sometimes the government — federal, state, or local — interferes with the price signals in the housing market. Not the private builder, but the government, steps in and says that rents shall not exceed ten dollars a month, or whatever other figure they deem to be fair. The consequence of such indirect housing subsidy, of course, is that those tenants who are most fortunate will expand into living quarters more spacious than they would consider necessary at the competitive market price. . . . The tendency of rent control to aggravate the housing shortage seems to have been recognized even by the government. ... Of course, the government doesn't deliberately set out to create a housing shortage when it indulges in rent control and various easy home-purchase subsidies. The object is to help the needy, the returning veterans, the families of defense workers, the "underpaid public servants," all those who are thought to be worthy and deserving. And it is not ti popular thing to question such humanitarian motives. However . . . the housing shortage persists because of what is being done by the government in its effort to correct it. And the victims who suffer most tire the very ones who were supposed to be the beneficiaries of this intervention — the persons who were presumed to be unable to meet their own need for housing. Even an artificially created shortage hits first and hardest against those least able to afford the scarce item. The government is trying to prohibit competitive bargaining as the determinant of the price for housing. In other words, the government litis been trying to force people to do what thev would not do voluntarily. . ■ ■ Shortages and surpluses do not develop or, tit least, do not continue for long when prices are free to fluctuate according to the choices of buyers and sellers. The current housing "shortage" is not a thing that can be measured Page 35 V Ulg k
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