JFKWHP-AR6672-C (crop): President Kennedy Signs Housing Act of 1961, 30 June 1961

Mr. Kennedy also announced at his news conference several steps to counter the recession, including food-stamp projects in five particularly depressed areas, accelerated payment of G.I. life insurance dividends and a number of stimulants for housing and other construction. But he said he had no present intention to seek tax cuts. (1:6) – February 2, 1961

The President saw his most controversial appointee so far ’ Robert C. Weaver ’ sworn in as Federal housing chief. The President hailed the New Yorker, who said he felt "Extremely humble" in taking the post. (1:4) – February 12, 1961

The President’s housing program, to be sent to Congress on Thursday, will show major shifts from the policy of the Eisenhower Administration. (1:2) – March 6, 1961

President Kennedy sent Congress a special message, proposing an ambitious and complex housing program to spur the economy, revitalize cities and provide more residences for middle-income and low-income families. And he said he would soon propose a new Cabinet-level Department of Housing and Urban affairs to oversee the program. (1:8, Text, Page. 14) – March 10, 1961

Weaver to unify policies on housing elderly. (pg. 1) – March 27, 1961

The President sent Congress a $3,190,000,000 omnibus housing bill, in which the major emphasis was on the improvement of the existing housing supply instead of new starts. (1:2-3) – March 30, 1961

Mayor Wagner predicted that 1961-62 would be a "banner year" in the fight against slums, if about twelve urban renewal projects were approved as part of President Kennedy’s big housing program. The Mayor acted to pave the way for city participation in the broadened program. (1:2) – April 4, 1961

Great Neck’s Committee for Human rights announced that twenty-five homes in white neighborhoods had been made available to Negro tenants or buyers. (1:6) – May 25, 1961

The President won a resounding victory when the House passed his omnibus housing bill, 235 to 178. A similar version already has passed the Senate and all that remains is the settling of minor differences. – June 23, 1961

Senate and House conferees produced a $4,900,000,000 compromise housing bill that gave President Kennedy almost all he requested and some extras. (1:4) – June 28, 1961

Mr. Kennedy signed an omnibus housing bill designed to help moderate-income families, the elderly and the poor obtain good housing in decent neighborhoods. (1:3) – July 1, 1961

The White House is preparing an Executive order banning discrimination in federally aided housing. The timing and scope of the order have reportedly not been decided, but officials indicated that Mr. Kennedy would probably issue it before Congress reconvenes in January. (1:2) – September 28, 1961

A policy against racial discrimination in mortgage lending by Federal savings and loan associations has quietly been adopted by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. It affects the nations’ largest source of home mortgage financing. (1:8) – October 4, 1961

The Civil Rights Commission urged President Kennedy to issue a broad Executive order banning racial discrimination both in federally aided housing and by federally supervised mortgage lenders. (1:4) – October 6, 1961

Washington officials said that a compromise Executive Order to bar discrimination in Federally aided housing had been hammered out by an Administration group two weeks ago. Spokesmen for civil rights groups have expressed concern because the President has not signed it. (1:5) – November 27, 1961