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to identify a poor group that has some cohesion, usually church related, then we help them help themselves by saying, “Look, if you want to redo this building there are cheap ways of doing it and there are expensive ways, and if you hire a contractor and he has to do it by the rules of the city, you're going to be spending seventy-five thousand dollars on redoing it. If you do it the way we suggest, you may not have corridors between every room, but you'll have a decent building for twenty thousand dollars instead of seventy thousand dollars. We've found all sorts of things. We've found that you can syndicate poverty housing. You know what syndicate means? We found that you can teach people how to present themselves so that they can get jobs. Last year we go three thousand five hundred jobs for people. We found that you can borrow money from people at two percent, or three percent, or zero percent for two or three years. When you put cheaper ways of rehab, syndication, borrowing money at low interest rates, human sweat of the people there, you change the picture totally. And if you add to that health measures, for example in Washington, Jubilee Housing which is our prototype, they have a tiny clinic with a doctor and a girl who speaks three languages because speaking language is very important. And volunteer doctors who come in there. For the poor to go into, for example, New York Hospital, I always wonder how they ever get out, because you could get lost and you'd be in New York Hospital for ten days without finding your way out. It's so

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