Box 5, Folder 2, Document 20

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Box 5, Folder 2, Document 20

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The fa ctual analysis of r elocat ion housing practices and relocation housing
re s our ces a s relat ed to those persons and f~m lies displaced by governmental
action presented t hus f ar r esult s in on e unavoidable conclusion:
Atlanta does not have the housing r es our ces t o me et the needs of nerso::1s
t o be displ a ced bv future governmental action.
Before Atlanta can proceed with
e:-,,.,-panded code enforcement and urban r enewal activities it must increase its lo·,ri n come hous in~ s t ock .
In addit ion, an aff irmative relocation program f or Atlanta must include
chanees in orJanization, procedures , and policies .appropriate to the findi ngs
of Section One of t his report.
Section One shows the need for a definite syst~~
of low-to-moderat e income housing planning which will provide replacement housing
at t he time of disolacement.
It also reveals the need for overall coordination
of community development efforts; better record keeping and data use; improved
timing of relocat ion counseling services and survey; improved use ofex:isting
r elocation resour ces ; and an improved policy of local initiative in providing
l ocal assi stance to displacees when such aid is not available through existing
progr ams.
The f ollowing recommendations have been devised to meet the needs outlined.
T'ney are presented in t wo categories:
(1) recommendations of an interim nature
f or immediate act ion to alleviate the present low-income housine shortar;e, and
(2 ) re commendations on orgnnization, procedure , and policies considered necessary
for effe ct ive long ranee r elocation and r elocation housing planning.
Recma~cndation 3
That a Housing Resources Bureau be established a s a major division within
t he pr oposed Community Development Department r ecommended as a part of th e
r e organization pl an of the "Government of the Ci t y of Atlanta - A Survey Report"
by t he Public Administration Servi ce •



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It is the intent of t his re commendation that "Hous ing Plannine" be elevated
to a posi tion never before a chieved i n Atlant a a s a highly technical entity with
its own staff.
Responsibili ty would be broadly bas ed and not narrowly confined
to urban renewal obj ect ives.
The major activity would be the plannine of housine
resources t hrough research for all t ypes of displa cement and relocation needs;
therefore, t his new t e chnical division could be called - for lack of a better
name - "Housing Resources Bureau".
The proposed Housing Resources Bureau shoul d have as its hea d an as s istant
to the Community Development Department Director.
It should be staffed with
capable, inf ormed economic analysts and planner~ with demonstrated knowledge
of t he housing i ndustry~ the community, and t he local housing market.
new governmental agency would have the following responsibilities:
Maintain a continuous inventory of hous ing in the City of Atlanta by
size of unit, whet her f or sale or rent, condition of unit, type of unit compared
to signi fi cant rent/cost ranges, and specific location.
In addition, the
Housing Resources Bureau would retain sufficient data on the characteristics of
t he low- income t o moder at e-income population and their housing locations and
needs as ne cessary for a continual assessment of market potential.
Although costly,
t he r etention of such housing and population data would be an extremely valuable
planning t ool f or both public and privat e interests .
Futher more , thi s fun ction
is seen as t he only pra ctical way definitive "client analyses" can be achieved
to obtain the best pos sibl e housing balance in the area or to plan for maintaining
that balance with t he cr iteria a ttached to the various exi s ting and proposed
housine assistance progr ams .
The Housing Resources Bureau would i dentify t he potential of us e of housing
assis tance proerams in advance of all governmental community redevelopment projects.
Th.rough cooperat i on with the appropriate agencies t he 11·Bureau 11 would program
and initiate l oan, gr ant, or unit r es ervat i ons f or housing assistance at a time
sufficient to assure such housing f acilities are "on t he ground" at the time
people are displ aced by governmental projects .
Public Inf ormation
Periodically, r eports would be issued and di stributed t o realtors, devel-
opers., banks, and concerned publi c or privat e agencies .
These reports would
i ndi cate existing housing imbalances determined by comparing the characteristics
of the tine hous:in[.{ stock t otbe changine character of area ecomomy and
population .
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Technical Assistance
The Bureau would be responsi bl e f or providing designated city agencies
with inf ormati on on housing and populat i on chara cteri s tics necessary t o the
major report f orms re quired in the administration of t heir programs with the
Federal Government (Workable Proer am f orms , Survey and Planning Applications
for urban renewal, public housing r eservation inf or mat ion, etc.).
infor mati on would be of a desi gnated f ormat confined ; to housing and tenant
character isti cs and provided at designated intervals.
This responsibility
would provide i mportant consistency and, hopefully , improve understanding and
a ccuracy of su ch data.
The Housing Resources Bureau would purposef ully solicit and encourage
a s s is tance and support f rom area r ealt ors , developers, and the like, by offering
special s ervices in defining and describing special housing market needs, and,
where appropr i ate, applying information on the potential use of governmental
assistance programs for low-to moderate-income housing markets.


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