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Additional Trailers and Other Housing Units for Second Semester and Next Fall


6.(g) W. W. Wright, H. W. Jordan, C. J. Black and E. P. Bardwell came into the meeting for the discussion of this subject. President Wells made a statement regarding housing conditions in colleges and universities. The unexpectedly rapid rate of demobilization means that veterans will be ready to resume their education far in advance of the time when it will be possible to provide additional permanent housing. All universities are without adequate housing facilities for veterans. Private universies will restrict their enrollment approximately to pre-war totals. Some state universities will undertake to do nothing to secure additional housing facilities in the expectation that the turning away of veterans will force Congress to make financial provision for temporary housing. Others will plan to receive these veterans with or without financial aid from the Federal government. The situation here is acute. There will be at least 1,250 new students in the February semester, 1,000 of them being returning veterans. Good estimates cannot be made for next fall, but we shall probably have to provide living space for an additional 2,000 students.

Mr. Biddle reported 75 trailers contracted for and now here and in operation, 75 more definitely promised and coming, and 150 more requested, making a total of 300.

On motion of Mr. Henley, seconded by Mr. Feltus, the Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of W. G. Biddle, Vice President and Treasurer, that the University lease from the Federal Public Housing Authority 225 trailers at a cost of $1.00 each per year, the University to stand all expense of moving and re-erecting same. W. G. Biddle was authorized to execute bailment contract with Federal Public Housing Agency on this basis and proceed with contract for moving and re-erecting.

President Wells, Mr. Biddle and Mr. Franklin reported on various F.P.H.A. housing units, including quonset huts, dormitories, trailers, etc., located at various points in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois that have been inspected by us and have been requested to be assigned to Indiana University. The search for housing to meet our needs has been extensive. It is also proposed to use South Hall of the Men's Dormitory Unit for married veterans and wives. It was stated that Governor Gates indorses our program to secure housing for veterans and has stated that he will use his influence to see that any deficit incurred in providing same is met by the State in the event that the Federal government does not make provision.

Mr. Biddle presented a list of the quonset huts, dormitory units and equipment we have some prospect of securing, together with estimates on cost of moving, erecting and operating. On motion of Mr. Hastings, seconded by Mr. Feltus, the Board approved the program of securing and putting into operation the temporary housing proposed for second semester and after, with such variations as may be found necessary or deemed advisable by the administration in the development of the program, authorized Mr. Biddle to proceed immediately to execute any contracts or documents needed in connection with the program, and adopted the following resolution as prepared by Mr. Henley for borrowing funds needed to implement the program:

RESOLVED that the vice president and treasurer be and he is hereby authorized to borrow, from time to time, such sums of money as may be required to finance the purchase or rental of buildings, materials, equipment and supplies, the payment for transportation and all other expenses incurred in connection with the University's veterans housing project; and on behalf of the University to execute such promissory note or notes as may be required to evidence such loan or loans.


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