Box 5, Folder 2, Document 28

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Box 5, Folder 2, Document 28

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TO: The Housing Resources Committee of Atlanta
Sub-Committee on Public Housing
During the last year the Sub-Committee on Public
Housing held numberless meetings with. many corrnnunity leaders
and visited a great many acceptable sites for projects.
After days and nights of discussions and tireless blending
of opinions, plans for action ·were unaminous ly agreed. rhe only logical conclusion was reached that (1) subsidized housing must be fair ly distributed t hroughout the city
and, (2) tha t the only pol i tica l l y feas ibl e wa y to d o this was
by a " package deal" simultaneously presented to Council by the
Mayor and Atlanta Housing Authority with overwhelming community
Our full Committ e e, th e Atla nta Chamb er of Commerc e , the
Mayor's Citizens Advisory Commit tee, church orga niza tions and
many others approved and endorsed such procedure.
But when submitt ed to the Housing Author ity th e Authority
stated i t h a dn' t stud ied t h e plan, f ai l ed to approv e or d isapprov ~ but inst ea d pr oc eed ed with the singl e shot a ppr oa ch which
had f a il ed b efore .
The result was continuing tur n downs of r ez oning by the
Aldermanic zoning powers.
It is the opinion of t h e Sub - Committee on Publ ic Housing
that it is not too l ate t o resubmit those rejec ted zoning
appl i ca t ions thr ough the " pa cka ge plan" on a simultaneou s b asis
to meet the city's needs for sub sidized housing and t hat t h e
Mayor, the Board of Alderman and the Atlanta Housing Authority
should proceed to do so forthwith.
If the same energy, zeal and leadership of ou r "power
structure" and city officials that was mobilized to bu i l d our
dazzling st adium, luxury apartments and ma gn i ficent hot e l s and
office buildings in our ur ban redevelopment areas h a d b een
applied with equal energy, zeal and l ea dership to providing
subsidized housing for thos e who were bulldozed out of slums
to make room for thes e majestic structures, th e goal of public
housing our Mayor publicly proclaimed so long ago would now be
nearl y reached.

We have done wonders for the rich. Now, let us do
wonders for the poor!
Therefore, as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Public
Housing and on its behalf, I move that our full Committee
does now reaffirm its position on "package rezoning", and
calls upon its fellow organizations of the city and those
responsible for its implement_ation to cooperate to put it
into effecto
December 12, 1968

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