Menu JTA Search

Plans for Housing of New Immigrants in Israel Announced by Minister

Plans for building 18,000 housing units for immigrants during the current Israeli fiscal year were announced today by Giora Josephthal, Minister of Development and Housing, prior to his departure for the United States to address the United Jewish Appeal conference this weekend.

He said that expenditures on buildings of all kinds rose from 500,000,000 pounds ($280,000,000) in 1959-60 to 800,000,000 pounds ($448,000,000) this year. He emphasized that nine out of every 10 immigrants who arrived between April and November were provided with housing and that two-thirds of the newcomers were settled in development areas. Only five percent became farmers, he said.

Some 2,000 families have been moved out of the maabarot (transit camps) during the past eight months, he said, leaving 3,500 still to be re-housed, including the 10 percent of the April to November immigration not provided with housing.

NEXT STORY