Dozens of houses are being built in Rennes, Brittany, because a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society mentioned the housing shortage at one of his conference meetings.
An organisation set up in his parish made a start by building five houses.
This did next to nothing to solve the problem. but it did make others realise the need, and an appeal to the whole city, supported by Cardinal Rogues, Catholic Societies and newspapers, resulted in the formation of the Rennes Association for Combatting the Housing Shortage.
Two building sites were soon given free of charge, another was bought by the association, an employer lent his lorries and a firm contributed a day's output of building materials.
Families are chosen by the S.V.P. and other Catholic organisations to occupy the new houses.