In 1974, the year that the National Low Income Housing Coalition was founded and that the Housing Community Development Act of 1974 was enacted, the chairman of the authorizing committees for housing in both the Senate and the House were Southern Democrats.
Congressman Wright Patman, who represented the First Congressional District of Texas from 1929 until he died in 1976, chaired the House Committee on Banking and Currency from 1963 to 1975. Senator John Sparkman of Alabama chaired the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1971 to 1975. He served it in the Senate from 1946 to 1979.
NLIHC will mark its 40th anniversary throughout 2014, culminating in commemorative event on Monday, November 17 in Washington, DC. Please save the date.