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Sharef to Study Pre-fab Housing in U.S.

Housing Minister Zeev Sharef will visit the United States next week to study rapid home-building methods which could be applied to solving Israel’s acute housing shortage, it was announced today. He was invited to make the study by the housing committee of the reconstituted Jewish Agency headed by Jack D. Weller, a prominent New York builder. A major innovation the committee would like to see introduced into Israel is American-style pre-fabricated homes. Of the two million homes constructed in the U.S. last year, 400,000 were factory-built pre-fabs. Nearly 50 percent of all new homes in Pennsylvania last year were of that type.