Statement from Jack Wood Jr. to the National Association of Housing Cooperatives

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Wood commends President Johnson for his call for a Fair Housing Act and the Demonstration Cities Act of 1966 that would provide funds for rehabilitation of urban ghettoes. However, he laments the fact that they are separate bills and the government is accepting applications for the Demonstration Cities program absent a Fair Housing Act. He argues that strong federal legislation with enforcement provisions and executive directives is essential to counter housing laws at the state and local level that permit segregation and that funds for Demonstration Cities should be governed by federal standards.

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