Modern housing policy is a product of the past two generations. Before World War I even the most advanced nations did not accept public intervention beyond regulatory measures to assure minimum standards of safety and health, such as building and occupancy codes. Improvement of housing conditions was left to the market or the employers or to the beneficence of philanthropists, whose efforts were too spasmodic to have any real impact. Social pressures for action by local or central governments had gathered considerable momentum but met with halfhearted or no response. National legislation adopted in a few countries remained dormant in the absence of large-scale funding.
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