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Federal Housing Head Backs Stration Bill; Says Dp’s Will Not Affect Housing Situation

Raymond M. Foley, national Housing Administrator, has added his name to the growing list of Administration officials who endorse the Stratton Bill to admit 400,000 DP’s within the next four years, it was learned today.

Foley, who expressed his support of the measure in a letter to Rep. William G. Stratton, its sponsor, pointed out that the 100,000 who would arrive annually would not require many extra housing units and would not appreciably affect the current housing problem. This statement is particularly significant in the light of opposition by such groups as the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, who assert that the admission of DP’s would interfere with adequate housing for American veterans.

The letter is understood to point out that among the factors which will affect the refugees’ need for housing will be their age, marital status, size of family and whether they expect to settle in rural or urban areas. According to UNRRA figures it is estimated that the maximum number of married couples in each 100,000 refugees would be only 33,500, Foley said. Census Bureau figures based on a survey taken in June, 1946, set the number of married veterans actively seeking homes at 2,200,000.

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