Housing Shortage Hinders Summer Youth Volunteer Projects

About 1000 young people from abroad who wanted to participate in the World Zionist Organization’s summer youth volunteer projects in Israel this year were turned away because of the housing shortage, the Jewish Agency Executive was told yesterday. The report was presented by Reuven Agmon, director general of the WZO’s youth and chalutz department which brought over 10,000 of the 15,000 youths currently participating in the summer projects.

Yosef Almogi, chairman of the WZO and Jewish Agency Executives, expressed concern. He said that past experience showed that at least 25 percent of the summer project volunteers eventually settled in Israel. He proposed that kibbutzim and moshavim willing to absorb the volunteers build special housing facilities for them with Jewish Agency loans to cover half of the building expenses.

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