Box 5, Folder 1, Document 1

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October 31, 1969
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
Housing Resources Committee
Housing Coord inator
Mr. Dan E. Sweat, Jr .
Chief Administrative Officer
Ple ase see attached copy (Encl. 1) of letter to Planning Director , dated
September 25, 1969, (which is self explanatory) requesting assistance in providing
material for inclusion in next revision of the Status Report on Atlanta's Low
and Moderate Incom e Housing program.
Also see attached copy of reply from the Planning Director , dated October
9, 1969 , (Encl. 2).
Note that the reply from the Planning Director proposes certain studies
related to housing to be initiated by the Planning D epartment. The desirability
of these studies is not questioned. However he calls upon me for assistance in
preparation of the studies, but does not agree to provide any of the information
requested for the Housing Resources Committee for updating the Low and Moderate
Income Housing Status Report.
About two years ago, when I first requested a Statistical Clerk to keep
up the Housing Status Report, I was inform ed by the Administrative Assistant
that a new position of Planner for housing had just been authorized the Planning
Department and that therefore the Housing Resourc e s Committee should obtain
any needed research and statistical data from the Planajng Department.
Consequently, I called upon the Planning D epartment then for similar
information to that again requested in the attached letter (two years later) . As
yet none of the information requested has been provided .
I do not consider this deliberate , or unwillingness to cooperate, but
rather a natu ral consequence of another Department being so overworked and
preoccupied with numerous details on too many matters, to provide attention
and detailed information to another office , for which that Department is not
directly responsible. I predict that the situation will not improve materially .
Mr. Dan E. Sweat, Jr.
October 31 , 1969
Page Two
The information requested for HRC is essential to meaningful revisions
of the Housing Status Report. In order for the City and its officials to have any
concept of progress being made in the Low and Moderate Income Housing program ,
it is essential tha t a Housing Sta tus report be maintained a nd constantly r e vised
by someone. N o office in the City, othe r tha n the Housing Resour ce s Committee,
currently h a s this information.
On the other hand, it is physically impossible for me (alone) to obtain
the information needed, affect the appropriate u pdating of the report a nd a t the
sam e time a ccomplish other e ss e ntial coordina ting and administra tive duties
for w hich I a m r es ponsible. This i s w hy, f o r over t w o year s now, I h a v e
rep eat e dly r e quest e d a ssista nc e of a Sta ti s ti cal Cle rk in thi s field .
Mr. W. W. Gates, who as FHA oriented Housing Consultant to HRC
one d ay per w eek, wa s very helpful. How e ve r, after w or king f or o v er a year
w ith no p ay, he h as dis c ontinu e d ser v ing.
In th e a b sence of othe r ass i s t a n ce , l ast s umme r I r e qu est e d a nd obtaine d
the se r v ic e s of an Urban Corps Intern, prima rily to w ork on upda ting the Hous ing
Sta tus R e p ort. However, he was m o r e inter ested in c hang i ng th e s y ste m tha n in
obtaining t he n ee d ed i n f orma tio n . Conse qu entl y , m uc h e s s e ntial i nfo rm a t i o n
perta i ni n g t o r espec t ive h ou s i ng pr oj ects , such as b e dro om c ompositi on, m o nthl y
r e nta l s or purchas e payment s, u tility cost s a n d e s tim a te d time of c ompl etion
of many pr oj e cts h a s not yet be e n o bta i n e d.
An a dditiona l e f for t t h i s fall to obta i n a nothe r Urban C or p s Intern to
a ssist in t his fi e l d h a s not b een su c c e ssful.
W h en I wa s initia lly a pproa che d by the Admini s tr a tive As s i s t a nt w ith v iew
to t aking o ve r t h e functions o f E xe c u ti v e Di re c t or o f the Citizens Adv i s or y
Committee for U r b a n R e new a l , in additi on t o my o t her d uti e s , I wa s inf o r m e d
tha t I would get an as s i sta nt. L as t J uly, du ring Mr. Land e rs ' l as t mont h of
duty, h e r e iterated t h a t h e p l anne d to provide m e with a n as si s t a nt who , could
not o n ly b e c h arge d w ith m o nito ring a nd revisin g the c onstantly chan ging Status
Report o n L ow and Moderat e Income Housing, but who w ould a l s o be capabl e of
assisti ng i n c o or dinating other hou sing m atters, s uch as p rom o t i ng hou sing w i th
builders, re p resenting m e in c o nfe r e n ce s a nd eve n on oc c a s i ons, po ss ibly
c o n ducting meet ings o n housing matters .
Re cent difficulties in adoption of a satisfactory workable Hou sing Code
Enforcement Plan, preparation of the Breakthrough appli cation, housing in
M odel Cities and proposed housing improvement s in other NDP areas, appears
to justify additional coor dinating efforts in the hous i ng field. In addition, such
assistant should b e capable and trai ned to take over my duties as Administrative
Coordinator for Housing when I retire.
�Mr . Dan E. Sweat, Jr.
October 31 , 1969
Page Three
Consequently, I
for an assistant.
recommend that provision be made in the 1970 Budget
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Malcolm D. Jones
Administrative Coordinator for Housing
Copy letter dated Sept. 25, 1969
Copy reply dated October 9, 1969
Mr. Cecil A. Alexander
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr,

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