“The medical officer of health for Hackney spoke for many when he reported that if he were to carry out the overcrowding clauses of the 1866 Sanitary Act, he would compel 10,000 people to sleep in the streets, and he and his colleagues were among the first to call for powers to build as well as demolish, and for state housing for the poor.”
from A Social History of Housing 1815-1985 by John Burnett (p146)
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