Congress authorized the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Section 501 and Section 504 of the Housing Act of 1970, to establish an experimental program to test the concept of providing housing allowances to eligible families.
Operation Breakthrough was a 3-phase HUD demonstration that tested innovative building materials and methods. Operating from May 1969 to the mid-1970s, Operation Breakthrough was designed to identify and demonstrate solutions to obstacles preventing large-scale housing production in the nation, with the goal of volume production of quality housing for all income groups.
HUD Challenge was a periodical published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from November 1969 to September 1978. A total of 100 issues covered such timely topics as Operation Breakthrough and timeless topics like disaster recovery.