One of the principal aims of the Division is to encourage home ownership on a sound economic basis. In acquiring a home, a family usually learns habits of saving for a definite end, and develops more of a sense of civic responsibility. Home ownership also stimulates a continued demand for new dwellings, and promotes interest in sound construction.
Residential building has amounted to more than 40 per cent of all construction in the United States during the past five years and the Division's work on building codes and city planning and zoning all tends to make a higher percentage of home ownership feasible.
The Division has also given substantial assistance to Better Homes in America, an educational organization with headquarters in Washington, which aims, among other things, to make available to several thousand voluntary "Better Homes" committees throughout the country information from government sources.