Box 1, Folder 3, Document 4

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ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
January 10, 1969
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mayor Allen:
In developing a new Housing Code Compliance Program th~epartment
and Building Department are convinced that a city-wide field survey of housi~·~f ·
conditions must be conducted in the second quarter of 1969. A new survey is the only
way to obtain the information necessary to es tab I ish the Ieve I of accomplishment
of the original Housing Code Compliance Program and to develop realistic priorities
for housing code inspections for the next several years. No accurate or complete
information has been maintained on housing condition changes with in the city since
the 1965 Community Improvement Program Survey, and an efficient, new program
cannot be developed from obsolete management information.
Both the Building Department and Planning Department believe the proposed
survey will facilitate the development of a more effective Housing Code Compliance
Program. In short, there is no other way to quantitatively and qualitatively measure
the level of accomplishment of the first five year Housing Code Compliance Program,
to wit: which areas have been stabilized; which areas have regressed; which areas
are continuing to decline and for what reasons; which areas require more constant
survei I lance than that provided to th is point; how can we more effectively apply
our personnel and what additional personnel will be required to halt slum and blight
development and spread, etc.
Who should undertake the proposed survey? For several reasons, the two
Departments feel that Housing Code Inspectors are ideally suited to conduct the
necessary field survey:
�Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
January 10, 1969
I. The original five year inspection program has been accomplished
ahead of schedule. Al I of the original inspections have been
completed. What remains are uncomplied cases which can be
assigned to the Sector Inspectors, plus handling city-wide
inspections on a complaint basis. Thus, the Concentrated Area
Inspectors would be in a logical position wherein they could
begin immediate preparations for the proposed field survey.
2. The proposed field survey must be initiated in the next few months.
HUD · requirements on the Workable Program provide for a Housing
Code Compliance Program. The Workable Program must be
recertified in September, 1969 and current information is essential
to its preparation. Since the survey will take at least three
months to complete, actual field work must begin by the first
of March at the very latest to be of greatest use. Consequently,
time being a major factor we must use those personnel most
familiar with the type of information being sought.
3. The inspectors are better qualified than anyone else in the city
to conduct a Housing Conditions Survey. They have inspected
the city's houses for five years; they know what to look for and
can be quickly trained in survey techniques because of thei_r
background in housing terminology, conditions and experience
in meeting the public.
4. The inspectors will be required to furnish continuous informat_ion
to keep the survey data updated. In other words, their observations
during the course of later inspections wi 11 be fed back into the
central record keeping system to keep the housing conditions
statistics current. The experience they wi 11 gain while conducting
the survey will be invaluable training for this future role, and
5. The inspectors will gain valuable familiarity with all areas of the
city during the survey which will be of use to them at a later date
when they are making inspections and attempting to obtain
comp Iiances.
Since the present program is running ahead of schedule relative to original inspections,
it is recommended that extensive time and manpower be devoted to uncompl ied cases in
order to gain more lasting compliances prior to initiating any new program . As soon as the
field survey techniques an d policies are developed, ten of the inspectors would be
assigned to the su rvey . Thi s would leave the other ten inspectors to concentrate on
obtaining compliances and to cover city - wide inspections on a complaint basis. The ten
�Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
January 10, 1969
inspectors on the survey team can completely cover the city in three to four months,
enabling the Planning Department to use this information in developing a new Housing
Code Compliance Program. In turn, the new Housing Code Compliance Program can
be incorporated into· the 1969 Workable Program.
A more complete and detailed explanation of the contents of this letter is
contained in 1rHousing Code· Compliance Program: Interim Proposal, 1969. 11
Background material is contained in 11 The Housing Code Comp Iiance Program: Background
and Present Situation (Problems and Recommendations for Action)." Both of these
are products of departmental staff and attached hereto.
We seek your endorsement of this proposal. If further explanation or additional
information is required we wil I be pleased to meet with you at your convenience.
Collier B. Gladin
Planning Director
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William R. Wofford
Building Official

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