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[no source, January 17, 1941]

Defense Housing Ordered Rushed
1982 Dwelling Units in 8 Communities to Be Built at Once

By Associated Press.
            WASHINGTON, January 17.—Immediate construction of 1982 dwelling units in eight communities to avoid a serious shortage of housing for defense worker was ordered today by President Roosevelt.
            Recommended by C. F. Palmer, Defense Housing Co-ordinator, the program would provide 100 units at Hinesville, Ga., immediately, 100 at Rantoul. Ill., immediately; 200 at Brooklyn, N. Y., immediately; 500 at Erie, Pa., by April 1; 200 at Orange, Tex., 100 by April 1, the remainder by June 1; 17 at San Antonio, Tex., immediately; 665 at Norfolk, Va., immediately, and 200 at Radford, Va., by June 1.
            They would be built with government funds by the Federal Works Agency, and would be in addition to 1435 units already assigned to that agency for construction in the same communities. Including housing projects to be built by other government agencies or by private industry and including today’s list, Palmer’s recommendations for new units in these communities totaled 9029.

[no source, January 5, 1941]

U. S. to Build Defense Housing
Roosevelt Clears Way After Eleven Areas Report Shortage

By Associated Press.
            WASHINGTON, January 5.—President Roosevelt, with a ruling that housing shortages exist in 11 areas where important national defense work is in progress, cleared the way today for government construction of 6446 new family dwellings.
            The Defense Commission reported that, acting on the recommendation of C. F. Palmer, Defense Housing Co-ordinator, the President had decided housing needs would not be met by private capital.
            The president authorized federal agencies involved to proceed at once with the construction, using funds Congress provided for the purpose.
            Some 27,700 dwellings already are being built in 29 states, mostly by the navy, aside from those undertaken by private agencies to meet the needs of defense workers at shipyards, munitions plants and military posts.
            About half the new list of 6466 units approved by Mr. Roosevelt are in the Continental United States, and the remainder in the Panama Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
            Palmer said that 27,700 federally financed dwelling unites were under way at the year’s end, of which the navy was building 15,800.
            With new housing projects being completed daily, by both public and private agencies, he said the first 50,000 units would be ready for occupancy in the early part of the new year. By March, he estimated that at least 100,000 houses would be under construction or completed under a $700,000,000 program.
            The United States Housing Authority announced today that temporary loan notes totaling $103.807,000 would be offered for sale during January by 36 local authorities.
            The notes will be sold to private bidders offering the lowest interest rates and the funds obtained will be used to repay the USHA for money advanced on loan contracts. They will mature in from two to 12 months.
            The Boston Housing Authority will make the largest offering, $21,500,000. Other large issues include those of Newark, N. J., $9,800,00; Birmingham, Ala., $8,800,000; San Antonio, Tex., $7,750,000, and Bridgeport, Conn., $5,560.000.
            Bid opening dates and amounts for other various communities include:
            January 13—Alexander County, Ill., $1,610,000; Danville, Ill., $875,000; Henry County, Ill., $350,000.
            January 27—North Little Rock, Ark., $450,000.

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Acquainted with Salem, Ill., And With Charlestown, Indiana, Which Grew Fast

            George B. Holden, who had assumed charge of The Texas Cafe, formerly known as Cappel’s Bungalow Hotel, is fairly well acquainted with boom towns having gone through the excitement at the time oil was struck around Salem, Ill. Salem, a town of 1,500 people, at one time grew in population to 12,000.
            Every available inch of space was rented. Hardly a dooryard in town but what had one or more trailers. Rooming space was at a premium. Every extra bedroom in the place had a renter. Many garages had been reconstructed to serve as human habitations. Old chicken houses or out-of-door storage sheds were rebuilt with chimneys and other equipment so that they could be rented to families, etc.
            But when oil ceased to flow about Salem, the big slump came. Population gradually vanished and left a ghost town. Mr. Holden, who conducted a restaurant there, stuck along, however, and did fairly well, getting the business of other restaurants that closed up.
            Before locating in St. Charles he gave the “once over” to Charlestown, Indiana, about a mile from which the government is locating a big smokeless powder plant. He decided not to stay. Space for business on the Main Street was too limited. When dinner time comes, however, all the restaurants in town can’t serve the crowds. People must stand and wait for others to eat before reaching their turn. He says the plant is now employing thousands of people most of whom arrive on daily accommodation trains from Jeffersonville, some ten or twelve miles away. The town of Charlestown, he says, originally had only 900 people but is now swelling visibly from day to day. Building space is at a big premium and rents of every kind are soaring out of sight. Old antedated brick [one or more lines missing]
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