National Archives Identifier: 5557812
Local Identifier: SEN 73A-J9
Creator(s): U.S. Senate. Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. (10/26/1970 - ) (Most Recent)
From: Series : Committee Papers, compiled 1913 - 2011
Record Group 46: Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2011
"Urban reformers in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries had long pointed with horror to the unsanitary and inadequate conditions in which millions of Americans lived, particularly in large cities. But it took the severe economic crisis of the Great Depression to force the federal government to intervene directly in the housing market, and even then the response was often only half-hearted. In the 1930s, access to public housing was highly desirable, and early residents preferred their new homes, which offered bright and well-appointed alternatives to their previous substandard residences. The sharpest criticisms of public housing, however, came from builders and realtors who feared competition and argued that public housing was too appealing and would decrease home ownership. The most influential of the anti-public housing lobbies was the National Association of Real Estate Boards (NAREB). In this 1935 report to the board, NAREB president Walter S. Schmidt argued against public housing on economic and ideological grounds."