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September/October 1999
September/October 1999
Celebrating the 50-Year Anniversary of Housing Act of 1949: HUD’s Wachter, Apgar, and Briggs Look Forward and Back
“I believe that if the American people saw the conditions of poverty that still exist in this nation, they would not allow it to continue. We have to expose that reality, show them the other America, and they won’t stand for it.”

—Andrew Cuomo
Secretary of Housing
and Urban Development

September 1999 is the 50th anniversary of the Housing Act of 1949—watershed legislation that established for the first time the goal of “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every family.” Three of HUD’s most wide-ranging policy thinkers talked with FieldWorks about housing policies over the past half-century, how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.

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