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More than a billion people in the world live in slums today, roughly one out of every three inhabitants of cities. Al Gore
Better a humble house than none. A man is master at home. A pair of goats and a patched roof are better than begging. Vikings
But where else should they sleep? Newbold Morris
Every American will be given a decent, safe and affordable home. Edward Brooke
Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. Florence King
Each year, $55 Billion occur in closing costs, and people can’t shop around for them. Alphonso Jackson
Looking at the town of Misr from a distance, one has the impression of a mountain. There are houses fourteen stories high, while others are limited to seven. Nasir-i Khusraw
The houses have five, six, or even seven stories, and as many as 200 people may live in a building. Ibn Hawqal
We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did. Richard Hugh Baker
Urban and suburban sprawl is somewhat like pornography. Most people have great difficulty defining it, but they think they know it when they see it. Sprawl has been with us since the dawn of history. Robert Bruegmann
A nation of homeowners is unconquerable. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Hoovervilles Anonymous
How can you worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday? Anonymous
A ghetto can be improved in only one way; out of existence. James Baldwin
There are thousands on thousands in New York who have no assignable home. Charles L. Brace
There isn't profit to be made off low-rent housing, and it's time we acknowledge that, instead of perverting a system around maintaining private ownership. Bonnie Brower
If we provide 400 new beds, we get 400 new tramps. Ed Burkhart
Home ownership really starts with a job. Jan Burreson
About one third of the people who are on the streets are mentally ill. Henry Cisneros
There is no greater priority for the department whose name begins with 'housing' than dealing with houselessness .... We can do better than 1 million people sleeping in the streets. Henry Cisneros
Inflation is not all bad. After all, it has allowed every American to live in a more expensive neighborhood without moving. Alan Cranston
Every family in America has the right to live anywhere they can afford. Andrew Cuomo
I know we haven't cleaned up all the slums, but I didn't create the slums, did I? Richard Joseph Daley
Part of the problem is the connotation that some attach to the homeless: the assumption that if you're homeless, you're going to misbehave. But not all homeless people do misbehave. David Dinkins
The house of an Albanian belongs to God and the guest …. If a guest enters your house, even through he may be in blood with you, you must say to him, “Welcome.” Leke Dukagjini
Giving them [workers] their own houses chain them once again to the soil and you break their power of resistance to the wage cutting of the factory owners. Friedrich Engels
My constituents tell me they want a fight, and that's what I'm here to do. Edward Fagan
Home ownership is the cornerstone of the American dream. Dianne Feinstein
There is plenty of affordable housing —it is simply occupied by the wrong people.... The problem in New York is not high rents, but low incomes. John J. Gilbert III
Your home is your castle; defend it in any way necessary. Jim Folsom
Why shouldn't public housing be run by the tenants? Steve Forbes
As you move away from mass transit you become more dependent on the automobile, so you have to spread the housing out more to accommodate the cars. Sandy Hornick
The homeless have a right to a proper living area of their own, too, and we have begged for the public’s comprehension. Yukata Izumi
Look what we have built ... low-income projects that became worse centers of delinquency, vandalism and general social hopelessness than the slums they were supposed to replace. Jane Jacobs
As we double our numbers ... we must double our houses. Thomas Jefferson
Without a home there can be no good citizen. Andrew Johnson
From Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound, the first priority of the men and women who settled this vast and blessed continent was to put a roof over the heads of their family. And that priority has never, and can never, change. Lyndon B. Johnson
Your people do not seem to like the place where they live and always want to be on the move going someplace else. Nikita Khrushchev
People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes. Sheila McKechnie
People in America, of course, live in all sorts of fashions, because they are foreigners, or unlucky, or depraved, or without ambition; people live like that, but Americans live in white detached houses with green shutters. Rigidly, blindly, the dream takes precedence. Margaret Mead
It ought to be considered a reward for good citizenship and good parenting to get into public housing. James P. Moran
The remedies are neither easy, nor cheap, nor immediately realizable. Robert Moses
If life is hard on you, dwell in cities Lebanese Proverb
Let your brother live beside you. Book of Leviticus
We can solve a housing problem or we can try to solve a racial problem. But we cannot combine the two. William J. Levitt
No man who owns his own home and lot can be a Communist. He has too much to do. William J. Levitt
Let those who compile riches from the misery of slums hear this message as their eviction notice: There will be no compromise with the profiteers of poverty. John Lindsay
Individual households have become over-dependent on the appreciation of housing as a substitute for savings. George Soros
A community is business, education, and housing. Without those, the community suffers. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
… nests of beggar brats Anonymous
Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert. Arthur Young
The magic of property turns sand to gold Arthur Young
Banishment from court alone will force the French nobility to execute what the English do for pleasure—reside upon and adorn their estates. Arthur Young
Each owner of property fronting on the streets of Rome or on streets within a mile of Rome, on which there is continuous settlement now or in the future, shall keep such portion of the street in repair Julius Caesar
Lest the masters and scholars of our institution of Heidelberg may be oppressed by the citizens, avarice inducing them, through the extortionate price of lodgings, we have seen fit to decree that henceforth each year, after Christmas, one expert from the university on the part of the scholars, and one prudent, pious and circumspect citizen on the part of the citizens, shall be deputed to fix on the price for the students' lodgings. Moreover we will and decree that the different masters and scholars shall, through our bailiff, our judge and the officials subject to us, be defended and maintained in the quiet possession of the lodgings given to them free or of those for which they pay rent Rupert
I come here with almost nothing and I am holding my own well, so you may not get angry for trading my team off. I have determined to get my land on some terms, I am not going back to Indiana to rent until I bust entirely and have to walk back. Uriah W. Oblinger
The longer I stay here the better I like it, there are but very few old families here they are mostly young families just starting in life the same as we are and I find them very generous indeed. we will all be poor here together and grow up together and I hope be happy together Uriah W. Oblinger
The houses were built to sell. That they killed the tenants was no concern of the builder’s. Jacob Riis
Not only does filth, overcrowding, lack of privacy and domesticity, lack of ventilation and lighting, and absence of supervision and of sanitary regulation still characterize the greater number of the tenements; but they are built to a greater height in stories New York City Citizens' Council of Hygiene
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Welcome Defense Workers List and Secure Houses, Apartments, Rooms Homes Registration Office Defense Rental Listing Bureau Joe Donaldson
If you people can’t afford to live in our town, then you’ll just have to leave. Bill Haines
The purchasers of public lands are among the most useful of our fellow citizens …. Under the system of sales, matured as it has been by experience, and adapted to the exigencies of the times, the lands will continue as they have become, an abundant source of revenue. John Quincy Adams
The Supreme Court has handed down a momentous decision. It has told the realty people that no court in this country can uphold a restrictive covenant which prevents anyone from living in a house or on land which he has bought. Eleanor Roosevelt
In modern megalopolis the very men who make the city, who clean its streets and shovel its coal and run its subway trains, may be exiled from it when they quit work at night. To-day in New York the average worker simply cannot provide a decent home for himself on the average wage. We have been so victimized by the spirit of the real estate speculator that we have almost forgotten the logical ideal of a city as a pleasant place for common people to live together. Norman Thomas; Paul Beecher
A third of the city's population of over two million people live under unsatisfactory conditions, many under distressing conditions, some under disgraceful conditions. For thousands home is a mockery. It consists of two or three small rooms of which but one is adequately lighted and often even not that one and none of which is adequately ventilated; rooms that in the hot summer day become an inferno of torture to little children, the sick, and the weak. For the persons living in these homes there is little privacy; there are no reticences; they must share the process of living with other families; they must use a common water closet [toilet]; they must get all the water they use from a common faucet in the public hall; the fire peril menaces them at all times … New York City
The notion that paradise begins with personal home ownership is one that has been drummed into Americans for so long by presidents … and realtors that it is hard to dislodge. Norman Thomas; Paul Beecher
Parents sell their wholesome country homes because of their children, and go where there are grand churches, superior schools, and attractive libraries, to find themselves in close proximity to drinking saloons, dance-halls, gambling dens, and indescribable allurements to vice. Is that better for their boys and girls? George Sherwood Dickerman
After the Republican party got into power it turned around and granted the public domain to corporations and opened it to private speculators .... in violation of the principle announced in the platform of 1852. The land grants were a mistake, to draw it mildly and we may as well all admit it now ; it was a great wrong to grant a single acre of the public domain to corporations. . . . Every acre of the public lands should have been held for homes for the people, under a well-guarded homestead law. That was the proper way to deal with the public domain; but instead of that it was thrown open to ruthless speculators, who have speculated in it until the poor people of this country to-day have to fight for standing room James Baird Weaver
The idea of giving to the homeless citizen a homestead is a humane one; but our public-land policy ought to be confined to that, and no one should be allowed to speculate in the common inheritance of all. James Baird Weaver
I have always felt that the best security for civilization is the dwelling, and that upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends more than anything else the improvement of mankind. Such dwellings are the nursery of all domestic virtues, and without a becoming home the exercise of those virtues is impossible. Benjamin Disraeli
You shall have sometime your house so full of glass that we cannot tell where to come to be out of the sun or the cold. Francis Bacon
The Federal Housing Administration has their leaflets there [The National Home Show] showing exactly how much it costs to build a house of this kind and what the monthly payments are. You pay twenty percent down and then pay the remainder over a period of twenty years, which should encourage home owning in this country on a much safer basis than has ever existed before for the average family. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Negro is the same as any other minority group he is clannish and tends to select neighbors who are of the same background and race. Unless other builders opened housing to all, I could not afford the decline in sales that would result if Negroes enjoyed equal access to my houses. William J. Levitt
The suburbs of yesterday do not look at all like the suburbs of today. Leigh Gallagher
White society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White society created it; white institutions maintain it; and white society condones it. Otto Kerner Jr.
It is not squalid people who produce the squalid housing; it is the squalid housing that makes squalid people. Jacob Riis
We live in a normal apartment, just like every other citizen. We have ensured an apartment for every citizen. Elena Ceausescu
If a neighborhood is to retain stability, it is necessary that properties should continue to be occupied by the same social and racial classes. Federal Housing Administration
FHA has never held interracial characteristics in a project or neighborhood to be a basis of eligibility or ineligibility for mortgage insurance, per se. Raymond M. Foley
Protective covenants are essential to the sound development of proposed residential areas since they regulate the use of the land and provide a basis for the development of harmonious, attractive neighborhoods … Federal Housing Administration
The Federal Government should not pressure states to prohibit housing segregation…. Open occupancy is a form of extremism. Albert McDonald Cole
You are responsible for the participation of all racial groups in FHA programs. Norman P. Mason
We can and must take needed action in all our programs to assure equal treatment and equal opportunity in their benefits to all of our citizens irrespective of race, color or creed. Norman P. Mason
… many social problems stem from poor housing. Edward Brooke
The emphasis of the program should be changed from traditional publicly built slum based high rise projects to smaller units on scattered sites. Otto Kerner Jr.
The Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) is like the neutron bomb. It’s going to kill all the people but leave the house standing George McCarthy
Fraud in the mortgage industry has increased so sharply that an epidemic of financial crimes could become the next S&L crisis FBI
You cannot let men live like pigs …. We need not wait for the Millennium to get rid of the slum. We can do it now. Jacob Riis
We do not force people to move to new homes, we coerce them. Pieter Willem Botha
A decline in the national housing price level would need to be substantial to trigger a significant rise in foreclosures. Alan Greenspan
Putting people into homes, though a desirable goal, shouldn’t be our country’s primary objective. Keeping them in their homes should be the ambition.. Warren Buffett
Only by abolishing private property in land and building cheap and hygienic dwellings can the housing problem be solved. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Previously, prejudices were personalized and individualized: FHA exhorted segregation and enshrined it as public policy. Whole areas of cities were declared ineligible for loan guarantees. Kenneth T. Jackson
The FHA adopted a racial policy that could well have been culled from the Nuremburg Laws. Charles Abrams
A wandering family [in Ireland] will fix themselves under a dry bank and with a few sticks, furze, fern, etc,, make up a hovel much worse than an English pigsty, and support themselves how they can by work, begging, and stealing. Arthur Young
If this is the second century of slumdom, it is also the 14th year of a self-governed state, when the babies of 1916 are still, as men and women, crying for a happier life for their babies, crying for a simple shelter. Irish Press
No homes may use thatched roofs any more. They shall be replaced with tile roofs. John Lackland
The John Anonymous
Why should a man have a better right to kill his neighbor with a house than with an axe in the street? Jacob Riis
It is one thing to listen in perfunctory fashion to tales of overcrowding tenements, and it is quite another actually to see what that overcrowding means, some hot summer night, by even a single inspection during the hours of darkness. Theodore Roosevelt
We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a while. For you must not forget that we can also build. It is we who built these palaces and cities, here in Spain and America and everywhere. We, the workers. We can build others to take their place. And better ones. We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth Buenaventura Durruti
America’s forests and waters must come into the hands of not a few men who speculate in them, but be distributed among many men, each of whom intends to make a home upon the land. Theodore Roosevelt
Houses were sold with the idea that the people who bought them would not be able to pay for them.. Upton Sinclair
Mexicans refuse to live in vertical housing. Each Mexican wants to live in his own individual home. Jorge Castaneda
Onoquaga was the finest Indian town I ever saw; on both sides the river there was about 40 good houses, square logs, shingles & stone chimneys, good floors, glass windows. Anonymous
Only great noblemen and valiant warriors are given license to build a home with a second story; for disobeying this law the penalty is death. Moctezuma I
Particularly important in buoying spending are the very low levels of mortgage interest rates, which encourage households to purchase homes, refinance debt and lower debt service burdens, and extract equity from homes to finance expenditures. Fixed mortgage rates remain at historically low levels and thus should continue to fuel reasonably strong housing demand and, through equity extraction, to support consumer spending as well. Alan Greenspan
A house may be large or small; as long as the neighboring houses are likewise small, it satisfies all social requirement for a residence. But let there arise next to the little house a palace, and the little house shrinks to a hut. The little house now makes it clear that its inmate has no social position at all to maintain, or but a very insignificant one; and however high it may shoot up in the course of civilization, if the neighboring palace rises in equal or even in greater measure, the occupant of the relatively little house will always find himself more uncomfortable, more dissatisfied, more cramped within his four walls. Karl Marx
We need to create planned communities: whole new towns with the infrastructure and amenities they need, communities where people genuinely want to live, and built where demand is high. Nicholas Clegg
Instead of eliminating class distinctions, suburbs were turned into class-conscious fortresses. Zoning ordinances set lot sizes and restricted the construction of apartment buildings, emphasizing single-dwelling homes to keep out undesirable lower-class families. Nancy Isenberg
Suburban subdivisions encouraged buyers to live with their “own kind,” constantly sorting people by religion, ethnicity, race, and class. Nancy Isenberg
The trailer occupies an important, if uncertain, place in the American cultural imagination. Representing on the one hand a symbol of untethered freedom, the mobile home simultaneously acquired its reputation as a “tin can,” a small, cheap, confined way of life. When you live in a trailer, you are literally rootless, and privacy disappears. Neighbors see and hear. At their worst, such places have been associated with liberty’s dark side: deviant, dystopian wastelands set on the fringe of the metropolis. Trailers had been controversial since the 1930s. Aside from the sleek streamlined capsules that traverse the open road, these rickety boxes tend to be viewed as eyesores. Almost as soon as they were turned into permanent housing, many were associated with slums built on town dumps. As an object, the trailer is something modern and antimodern, chic and gauche, liberating and suffocating. Unlike the dull but safe middle American suburb, trailer parks contain folks who appear on the way out, not up: retired persons, migrant workers, and the troubled poor. This remains true today. Nancy Isenberg