The USDA’s Hous­ing Help

The Washington Post Sunday - - Letters To The Editor -

The April 6 front-page ar­ti­cle “Rural Aid Goes to Ur­ban Ar­eas; USDA De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram Helps Sub-

April 8 let­ter writer Howard G. Neu­berg sug­gested that this area could ben­e­fit from a mono­rail sys­tem like Seat­tle’s.

Seat­tle is a bad ex­am­ple. The one­mile-long mono­rail there, built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, has had prob­lems in re­cent years with a fire and a col­li­sion. Vot­ers re­jected a pro­posed new mono­rail line af­ter learn­ing it would cost as much as $1 bil­lion a mile; they ap­pear to be turn­ing to light rail. Such gim­micks as mono­rail are best left to Dis­ney World. JOHN FAY

Wheaton urbs, Re­sort Cities” high­lighted in­vest­ments in some fa­cil­i­ties in wealthy com­mu­ni­ties and ur­ban ar­eas, and it ac­cu­rately de­scribed the dif­fi­culty of defin­ing what is rural.

The Hous­ing As­sis­tance Coun­cil, a na­tional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­port­ing hous­ing de­vel­op­ment for the poor­est of the poor in the most rural ar­eas, ve­he­mently op­poses the use of Agri­cul­ture De­part­ment Rural De­vel­op­ment fund­ing in wealthy vacation des­ti­na­tions to ben­e­fit well­heeled res­i­dents and tourists.

The USDA’s hous­ing pro­grams, how­ever, which are avail­able only to lower-in­come rural peo­ple, have im­proved the liv­ing con­di­tions of thou­sands of poor rural res­i­dents.

MOISES LOZA

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Hous­ing As­sis­tance Coun­cil

Wash­ing­ton

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