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Jewish Agency to Discuss Plan to House All Immigrants in Two Years

A two-years, 85,000,000-pound plan for providing permanent homes for all immigrants in Israel who are now in temporary quarters and for the families expected to arrive in the next two years, will be laid before a plenary meeting of the Jewish Agency executive this week. It is expected that the plan will be presented to the Cabinet in a fortnight.

The plan, which will be outlined by Yehuda Braginsky, head of the Agency’s absorption department, provides that 45,000 homes be built to house immigrants who are now living in tents After this number is cared for, there will remain 32,000 families in other temporary types of housing. These, plus the thousands of families expected to arrive in the next two years, will be taken care of in the second building wave foreseen by Mr. Braginsky’s plan. Of the 97,000 units visualized in this proposal, 7,000 are now under construction and the remainder must be built in two years.

To finance this gigantic project, Mr. Braginsky hopes to raise 25,000,000 pounds from among the immigrants themselves. In addition, he hopes to obtain from the government 40,000,000 pounds and to receive 20,000,000 pounds as a special contribution from the Jewish Agency.