Antonio Guasp (Chile)
was CHILEANS THINK OF WRECKED LAND Among six Chileans visiting Long Beach Thursday Thursday afternoon were (from left) Ruben Jaramillo, Antonio Guasp and Octavio Vasquez, Chilean coop coop officials, with their local host, Ray Kieran. Chileans Look atL.B. Homing, Feel for Home Six Chilean housing authorities visited in Long Beach Thursday afternoon, but they weren't in a gay mood. On an inspection tour of co-operative housing across the United States, the Chileans were thinking of.their na-' live country which has been ravaged by a week of earthquakes, earthquakes, tidal waves, avalanches, and volcano eruptions. The officials went through Long t Y o u r j the motions of inspecting the 160-unit Royal Palms cooperative cooperative apartment at 100 Atlantic Atlantic Ave., but their thoughts were back in Chile where nearly 3,000 are dead and one-fourth of the population are homeless. * * # * "WE'VE HAD no direct contact with our people through all this disaster," said Adriano Rossi, the group's leader and a co-op housing manager in Santiago. While none of the visitors is from the earthquake area, U. S. International Cooperation Cooperation Administration in a program program planned and developed by the office of international housing of the Housing and Home Finance Agency. David G. Webb Jr., HHFA training program officer from Washington, Washington, has been traveling with the Chileans in their visits across the country. Their host in Los Angeles County is Ray Kieran, cooperative-housing cooperative-housing adviser for the Federal Housing Administration Administration of Los Angeles. "We are learning from ji Rossi has an uncle who lives] them," Webb said, Â· -- their co-op movement is much the disaster section. He has heard nothing from him. "All we know is what the newspapers report," Rossi said. "But the victims are our people. And as cooperative- housing officials, we have a' job to do when we get home --provide housing for the homeless." * * * * THE GROUP has been in the United States since May 1 under sponsorship of the older and more advanced than ours. In cities where we have stopped, co-op housing officials officials have obtained ideas from Chileans on administration administration and on such social aspects aspects of the program as recreational recreational and educational facilities facilities for participants." Rossi said about 35,000 families live in Chile's 223 cooperative housing pi ejects. The average project has 70 units. The first was built there in 1928, but the cooperative cooperative movement began to grow shortly after World War U, he said. * * * Â· HE SAID the one co-op housing project in the earthquake earthquake area withstood the tremblor, according to reports he read. His group will push for more projects in the stricken territory when they return in mid-June, Rossi said. Middle-income classes of Chile who live in the projects correspond with low-income groups in the United States, he explained. Rossi said his group was impressed by the FHA system in this country and the program of insured loans, which he hopes can introduced in Chile. Other members of the delegation delegation are Antonio Guasp, president of the Chilean Federation Federation of Housing Cooperatives; Cooperatives; Oclavio Vasquez, the federation's vice president; Ruben Jaramillo, an official with the Chilean government's government's cooperative housing agency; Alfredo Cornego, and Benjamin Nino, adviser to the Chilean co-op federation.