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CITY HALL
.April 3, . 1969
ATLANTA. GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Cod e 404
. IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DANE. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
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i Mr. Ceci I Alexander, Chairman
-- -- ~Housing Resources Committee
-44 Brood Street, N. W.
Atkmta, Georgia
30303
Dear Cecil:
On November 5, ·1966, the Moyor_'s Conference on Housing kicked off a badly ne·eded
program to stimulate the development of low and mode rate income housing in the Ci ty
of Atlanta. Our goals were ·based on the relocation needs of city reside nts who were
to be rehoused as a result of code e_nforcement, urban renewal, highway construction
and oth ~:- gove rnme ntal actions.
The Housing Resources Committee accepted the ·progrom's challenge of pushing the
development of 9,800 units during 1967 and 1968, and 16,800 units over the five
year period, 1967-1971. Much credit is due the HRC for the mome ntum it hos ge nerated
in stimulating the construction and planning of enough additional units to gre atly
re li-eve our immediote housing heeds. Your se cond annual mee ting re port ce rtainly contained
an optimistic analysis of the first two years of the program, as it clearly showed that
we are ahead of our projected goals.
But, hove our goals and needs, in fact, changed?
Since ·o ur housi ng program was be gun, se ve ral changes hav·e occurred which warran t
such a question and further examination. Three ve ry obvious change s in legislation have
been the Mode l Citie s Act of 1966, th e Fair Housing Act of 1968, and the Housing Act
of 1968. Pe rhaps othe r areas could be cite d, but e ach has probably had a conside rabl e
impact and bea ring on our original housing goals.
In that the Housing Resources Committee has asked this office for new instructions,
it is sugge sted that the following area s be investigated and action initiated during 1969:
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Page Two
Mr. Cecil Alexander
April 3,
1969
I. The Planning Department has been instructed by th~ Planning and
Development Committee to conduct a total review and evaluation
of our housing efforts to date, along with a redefinition of total
housing needs by location, type, size and rentals and sales price
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ranges.
HRC should be involved in th is matter and assist the Planning
Department in the development of the scope of this study and in
- - - - -obtaining · political acceptability and support. At present a
joint Atlanta - Fulton County housing study is being proposed.
Such a study should prove to be extremely beneficial to the next
- - administration.
2. Eric Hill and Associates has just completed its report for the
Model Neighborhood Program. This report contains much food for ·
thought in the area of lowering the costs of low-cost housing.
HRC should take the initiative ·and explore ways and means to
implement those pertinent recommend~tions deemed feasible on a
city-wide basis.
3. Conventional urban ·renewal projects, the Neighborhood Development
Program (ND P), and Model Cities Program can provide much needed
land for housing development and improvement purposes. In this
regard HRC can assume a very import~nt role.
· a. Explore alternative source.s of revenue for funding the
local share of the above programs and projects, and
b. Support the need to include highly critical areas-, such as
Plunkettown and Lightning, in the 1970 ND P application for
execution · purposes.
4. Outside of the boundaries of conventional urban renewal projects, the
Neighborhood Development Program and Mode I Cities Program, the
p'r ocurement and development of sites for housing can best be expected
- to come along by themselves because of the momentum generated in the
initial two years. If there is a need fo~ prodding here, it is in the direction
'of placing greater emphasis in outlying areas of the city on single-family
public housing and higher density public housing in close proximity to the
central core of the city. HRC can be most helpful in providing this type
of direction to city development, and
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Page Three
Mr. Cecil Alexander
April 3, 1969
5. In general, the new housing units which have been developed
were intended as replacement housing for slum properties. ·
Yet, slums ·still exist. In the future, HRC should seek to devise
end implement ways and means ..through which one slum ~tructure
would be demolished for each new low-cost housing unit created.
Unless this is done immediately, the same slums will be with us
indefinitely.
I would hope that the Housing Resources Committee would delve into these
ore as as soon as possible. As you are we II aware, I w ii I not seek another term
as Mayor. I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to thank each of
you individually and collectively for the tremendous public service you have
rendered and for your continued support during 1969.
Sincerely yours,
M~en, Jr.
\~ayor
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