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UNITED STATES SENATE
MUNITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
OAKLAND, CALIF.—AUGUST 28, 1975
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U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1975
COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
WILLIAM PROXMIRE, Wisconsin, Chairman JOHN SPARKMAN, Alabama
JOHN TOWER, Texas HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR., New Jersey EDWARD W. BROOKE, Massachusetts THOMAS J. MCINTYRE, New Hampshire BOB PACKWOOD, Oregon ALAN CRANSTON, California
JESSE HELMS, North Carolina
JAKE GARN, Utah
KENNETH A. MCLEAN, Staff Director
CAROLYN JORDAN, A88istant Counsel
SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
JOHN SPARKMAN, Alabama, Chairman WILLIAM PROXMIRE, Wisconsin
EDWARD W. BROOKE, Massachusetts HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR., New Jersey JOHN TOWER, Texas THOMAS J. MCINTYRE, New Hampshire BOB PACKWOOD, Oregon ALAN CRANSTON, California
JAKE GARN, Utah
CARL A. S. COAN, Staff Director
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS AND DATA
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From the East Oakland Housing, November 6, 1974.
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donment. HUD, Housing Management, H. R. Crawford. Veterans Administration, letter to Senator Cranston regarding abandon
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Critical path of defaulted home..
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ABANDONMENT DISASTER DEMONSTRATION
RELIEF ACT OF 1975
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1975
U.S. SENATE, COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS,
Oakland, Calif. The subcommittee met at 10 a.m. at Melrose School, 1325 53d Ave., Oakland, Calif., Senator Alan Cranston, a member of the subcommittee, presiding.
Present: Senator Cranston and Congressman Pete Stark.
Also present: Carolyn Jordan, assistant counsel, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Jerry Buckley, minority counsel, Housing Subcommittee, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
Senator CRANSTON. The hearing will please come to order.
Congressman Stark will join us shortly but in order to assure we have plenty of time, we are going to start now.
I will make an opening statement and then we will have three panels that will appear before the committee.
OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR CRANSTON
Senator CRANSTON. Last year Senators Hart, Mondale, and I introduced S. 3115, the Housing Abandonment Disaster Demonstration Relief Act, a bill to test a new mechanism for acquiring and disposing of abandoned property and to develop new financial resources for localities afflicted by the disaster of large scale housing abandonment.
Because of the urgency of this problem we have introduced this bill again this year as S. 1988.
Housing abandonment is still a major menacing housing problem in our urban cities. Housing abandonment is a problem of poor people concentrated in overcrowded, unsafe, and unsanitary housing units, of streets scarred by vandalism and fire, of neighborhoods shunned by businesses and investors, of cities with dying central cores.
Housing abandonment is creating housing, crime, health, and tax crises in many of the Nation's cities.
The last national survey in 1971 completed by the Library of Congress on national levels of housing abandonment indicated the growing magnitude of this problem.
Conservative estimates on the number of nongovernment-owned abandoned units for example, run around 100,000 in New York, 12,000 in Baltimore, 10,000 in St. Louis, and 5,738 in Oakland.