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Israel’s Housing Needs Reported at Meeting of U. N. Economic Group

Israel needs about 400,000 new housing units in the next decade, David Tanne, director of housing of the Israel Ministry of Labor, reported today to a meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe.

Mr. Tanne told the meeting that Israel has not yet been able to achieve the necessary construction level of 40,000 homes a year. In 1954, he reported, Israel built 20,000 housing units, and last year 25,000. He said that Israel planned to disperse its population throughout the country and offset the present “dangerous trend of congestion.”