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hereafter contracted for pursuant to the United States Housing Act, as amended), or of any Insurance Funds created under the National Housing Act.

14. All orders, rules, regulations, permits, or other privileges made, issued or granted by or in respect of any agency, function, power, or duty consolidated hereunder shall continue in effect to the same extent as if such consolidation had not occurred until modified, superseded, or repealed, except that the regulations of January 11, 1941, relating to defense housing coordination shall hereby be revoked upon the appointment or designation of the National Housing Administrator.

15. All unexpended balances of appropriations, authorizations, allocations, or other funds transferred under this order shall be used only for the respective purposes and in the administration of the respective functions for which such funds were made available.

16. Transfers of available funds under this order shall include funds available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1943.

17. This order shall become effective as of the date hereof and shall be in force and effect so long as Title I of the First War Powers Act, 1941, remains in force.


February 24, 1942.


Mr. DIRKSEN. I want to review just briefly the responsibility of your office under the transfers.

There has been transferred to you the Federal Housing Administration, and its functions, powers, and duties; all functions, powers, and duties of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Home Owners Loan Corporation, the Federal Saving and Loan Insurance Corporation, the United States Housing Authority, with their functions, powers, and duties; then the functions, powers, and duties relating to the defense housing of the Federal Work Administrator under the act of October 14, 1940. Have you those in mind or you can describe them very briefly and then supplement it by a statement in the record, if you like.

Mr. BLANDFORD. I think our General Counsel could give that more completely.

Mr. KEYSERLING. The act of October 14, 1940, is the Lanham Act. Mr. DIRKSEN. Yes.

Mr. KEYSERLING. You will recall that was the first appropriation for war housing and it has been amended from time to time to increase the funds.


(See p. 978)

Mr. DIRKSEN. Then next there was transferred to you the off-reservation powers, under which the Navy functions insofar as it relates to housing

Can you give us about what is embraced, in dollar volume, in units and you can amplify your remarks in the record.

Mr. BLANDFORD. Yes; we will do that.
(The information may be found on p. 978.)


Mr. DIRKSEN. Then next there are the functions and duties of the Federal Works Agency and the Farm Security Administration insofar as they relate to temporary shelter.

How much of that temporary work do you still have in your program, and how much of that is embraced in trailers, and so on?

Mr. BLANDFORD. Our funds for temporary shelter are practically exhausted. We have about a million and a half dollars left.

Mr. DIRKSEN. A million and a half dollars left?

Mr. DIRKSEN. There was one such project down in southeast Washington which was later abandoned when the new housing became available and the trailers transferred back to the Farm Security Administration?

Mr. BLANDFORD. Well, I doubt if they were transferred back. They were possibly transferred to another critical area. We have about 30,000 trailers.

Mr. DIRKSEN. Do you own them?
Mr. BLANDFORD. We own the trailers.

Mr. DIRKSEN. I wonder if you could put a statement in the record as to the exact number of trailers there are, their value, and their general distribution by areas.

Mr. BLANDFORD. Yes. But this is a constantly changing picture because many times when we complete a project the trailers temporarily there are shifted to another critical area.

(The information requested follows:)


Mr. DIRKSEN. You have taken over from the Farm Security Administration the non-farm-housing activities, that is, housing for persons whose principal income is derived from other than farming.

Mr. DIRKSEN. Is that very extensive?
Mr. BLANDFORD. There are 42 projects.
Mr. DIRKSEN. Forty-two projects!

Mr. DIRKSEN. Could you also include a table showing the number of units?


Mr. DIRKSEN. That is, for projects over which the Farm Security has lost jurisdiction!

Mr. BLANDFORD. Yes. Those turned over to us. (The information requested follows:)

TABLE III.-Number of trailers by States, managed by the Federal Public Hous

ing Authority and total development costs as of January 15, 1943

1, 339

Number of dwelling

Number of dwelling trailers on site

trailers on site Alabama646 New York--

199 Arizona 456 North Carolina--

1, 320 Arkansas

498 | Ohio. California 1, 424 Oregon.

199 Colorado 41 | Pennsylvania

992 Florida. 293 Tennessee

148 Illinois 624 Texas --

959 Indiana. 459 Utah.

390 Iowa... 375 Vermont.

150 1,000 Virginia..

828 Maine299 | Washington.

299 Maryland 1,574 West Virginia

250 Michigan. 220 Wisconsin.

247 Mississippi

429 Missouri.

Total trailers-----

15, 985 Nebraska

207 Total development cost, $24,575,000. * Includes cost of dwelling and utility trailers, and other development cost.

* Kansas.

TABLE IV.-Farm Security Administration projects transferred to Federal Public

Housing Authority (other than was housing)

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TABLE IV-Farm Security Administration projects transferred to Federal Public

Housing Authority (other than war housing)-Continued

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I These projects had been sold by the Farm Security Administration to homestead associations; the Federal Government holds mortgages on these projects and supervises management.


Mr. DIRKSEN. Then you have taken over the Division of Defense Housing Coordination and its activities?

Mr. BLANDFORD. Yes. That was a restricted program.

Mr. DIRKSEN. That is largely the administrative function that you have taken over.

Mr. BLANDFORD. That function same over to my office entirelythe determination of the programming.

Mr. DIRKSEN. There were set up three constituent units in the National Housing Agency.

Mr. BLANDFORD. Yes. Mr. DIRKSEN. The functions, powers and duties of the Defense Homes Corporation were transferred to you.

Mr. BLANDFORD. They were transferred to me from the Federal Loan Agency


Mr. Dirksen. I do not believe I am particularly familar with the Central Housing Committee and the functions that it performs. Can you give me a statement on that?

Mr. BLANDFORD. I shall be glad to do that.

I understand it was a committee of some long standing in Washington on which there were representatives of many Federal agencies (included the Bureau of Standards) that had some interest in housing, both Federal and non-Federal. There may have been 15 or 20 such agencies represented and they undertook to do research in the whole housing field.

I can give you perhaps a much more comprehensive statement for the record.

Anyway all their records were turned over to us and all their personnel to the extent that we could use them. Actually they had very few full-time staff members.

(The statement requested follows:)


In August 1935 the President authorized the establishment of the Central Housing Committee to facilitate the exchange of information among executives and personnel of governmental agencies concerned with housing. The Central Housing Committee was thus an informational body, useful in promoting the exchange of ideas and developing a better understanding of the problems involved in housing construction and finance.

The Committee functioned through subcommittees and auxiliary groups dealing with special subdivisions of the housing field. The work of these subcommittees was made available in joint studies and compilations of data.

In spite of its lack of authority, the Committee was successful in making a substantial contribution toward cooperation in the housing field and was instrumental in eliminating some duplication and unnecessary variations in housing practices. It also played an important role in developing the housing census as part of the Sixteenth Decennial Census of the United States (1940).

The principal governmental agencies cooperating in the Central Housing Committee were: Farm Credit Administration, Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Federal Housing Administration, National Emergency Council, Public Works Administration, RFC Mortgage Company, Resettlement Administration, Treasury Department, United States Housing Authority, and the Division of Defense Hous ing Coordination. Many other governmental bodies participated in the work of the subcommittees.

The Central Housing Committee was financed by contributions, entirely in kind and on substantially equal terms, from the principal agencies represented. All useful functions of the Central Housing Committee have been absorbed by the National Housing Agency and materials developed by the Committee are proving useful in the war housing program.

Mr. DIRKSEN. Can you tell whether they had any balance of funds or any powers under that set-up?

Mr. BLANDFORD. They had no powers.
Mr. DIRKSEN. No powers.
Mr. BLANDFORD. No; mostly records.
Mr. MOORE. They turned over to us such records as they had.
Mr. BLANDFORD. Such as we could use.

Mr. DIRKSEN. Now, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board that existed has been vacated?


Mr. DIRKSEN. And the duties of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation and the Board of Directors of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation have all been vacated.


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