Box 5, Folder 9, Document 2

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December 12, 1S68
The Second Annual Meeting of the Housing Resources Committee
was held on Thursday, December 12, 1963, in Committee Room 2,
Second Floor, City Hall to review and discuss the work of the
Committee in the low-income housing program during the past two
years. November 15 marked the completion of the second year since
the Mayor established the Housing Resources Committee on
November 15, 1966, in his Conference on Housing.
Copies of invitation~l notice, list of those invited, with
attendance indicated, and other related documents are attached to
the file copy of these minutes only.
Chairman Alexander opened the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and called
on Alderman .Cotsakis for a statement which he had asked to make.
Mr. Cotsakis commented on revision of the Building Codes for
the City of Atlanta, particulnrly to allow experimental housing
to be built in the Model Cities area. He said that if any one
had any chnges of the Building Codes which they desired be made,
that they should bring proposals for specific changes to the attention
of the Building Committee.
Mr. Alexander then called on M~lcolm Jones to eemment ~n
the accomplishments of the Housing Resources Committee.
Mr . Jones said that November 15, 1968, marked the completion
ef the first two years' activity of tbe Housing Resources Committee
in its effort to promote and accelerate the Low•income Housing
Progrem in Atlanta, for which the goal was 16 1 800 low and medium
in~ome housing units during a five year period (1967-71), announced
by the Mayor in his Housing Conference establishing the HRC on
November 15, 1966 .
He then stated that tho fiYe. yoar goal is now in the pipeline
and that the current status of the low and medium income housing
pPogram shows:
Under Construction
In Pl~nning
Xn Sight
3 1 217 units
6 ,278 units
7.337 units
lt',832 units
This slightly exceeds (by 32 units) the 5 year goal of 16,800
units and is only 305 units sho~ in the first two categories, of
the aoticipated need fer g,800 units during the first two years of
the program~
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He also stated that the Housing Resources Committee has
Promotion of low and medium income housing and
coordination of efforts in this field.
Establishment of the Greater Atlanta Housing
Development Corporation to assist local nonprofit housing corporations.
Acceptance by the Federa l Government of use of
prefabricated relocate~ble units as temporary
reloca tion housing.
Ex pansion of the ba s e f or Fed e ral Grants and
direct Loans, now a uthorized in the 19168 Iiousing
Ur ged early adop tion by the City o f miniature
Urban Re newal projects, to clear s l ums, under the
new l y adopted Ne i ghborhood Development Program
a uthor i zed by the 196 8 Housing Act.
Urged revision of previous conventional planning
concepts i n an effort t o ge t certain areas rezoned
to permit improvement of such areas for resid0ntia l
us e.
Ur ged the d is pe r sa l o f f u t ure Public Hous i ng i n
sma ll developments on sca t ter ed sites.
Cr e ation o f interest i n the l ow- i ncome housing
program b y nonpro fi t orga niza t i ons a nd f ormat i on
o f several such orga nizations .
Served as~ c atal yst i n neighborhood i nt e res t f or
improv ement o f Vine City t hr o ugh Urban Re ne wal .
10 .
Proposed and obtai ned concurrence o f the Board o f
Educ at ion t o dr aft legisl a tion t o au t horize
dev e l opers to build schoo ls s imu lta neous with deve l opment o f hous i ng projects , except i n Ur ban Renewal
a r eas.
Participate d in Atla nt a Conference on Eq ual
Opportun ity i n Hous ing .
Worked with Model Cities ' o t aff i n establ i sh i ng
its reh2bilitatio n program and in si t e selection
for experime ntal housing .
~ointed out to Ci ty of f i c i als the necessity for the
principle th~t site selection for low-income housing
should include a planning function and responsibility.
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Mr. Jones then stated the six requests which were made to
the Pla nning and Deve l opment Committee and the Zoning Committee
in Specia l Mee ti ng on August 2 , 1968:
Asked the Mayor to designate either an existing
committee or a ppoint a new commi tt ee of the
Board o f Ald ermen to assume a responsibility in the
field o f low-income housing.
Revis i on o f the Bu"lding Codes for the City of
Atlanta, p articularly t o allow experimental housing
to be bu ilt i n the Model Cities area.
Revision of the Ordinance governing non-conforming_
use o f land t o all ow structural changes in improving
dwel l ine units t o meet requirements of the Houshg
Acce l erate the urban renewa l pr ogram p articularly
in the Na sh-Ba ns, Vine City , and o t her ar eas outs i de
the Mode l Cities area .
Authorize the Atlanta Housing Authority to request
2 , 00D additio nal units o f public housing.
Ad o pti o n o f a revised district zoning map based on
the new Land Us e map t o inc lude adequate areas f or
low- inc ome housing.
Mr . J o nes then p o inted out results to date of the above
indicated requests .
Mr . Al exander then called on Mr. w. w. Gates , CoMultant
to the Comm i ttee , to d i scuss the Imp lications o f the 1 9 68 Housing
Act .
Mr . Gat es opened by st a ting tha t t he Nationa l Housing Ac t
was passed b y Cong ress o n Augus t 1 , 1958 , that the l egislat i on
provides t he toolsjiincentives and success in meeting the
nation~! ob j ec t ive wi ll l arge de p e nd on:
Sponsor inte rest
Av a i la b i l i t y of land at a reasonabl e price
The mortgage mone y marte t
Mun icipal c ooperati o n
Fundine b y t he Congress in 1969
Bu i ldi n g c o d e a nd zoning rest rictions
Mr . Gates then d iscus sed four sections o f the Act: Section
238 , Section 237 , Secti o n 23 6 and Section 235 .
Section 230 : Establishe s a new Spe cial Risk Insurance
which permits the Federal Housing Administration to assume
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higher mortgage insurance risks in connection with both location
and credit charachteristics that were unacceptable under the
mutual mortgage insurance fund.
Section 237: Provides, on an experimental basis, FHA
mortgage insurance to finance home ownership for low income
families who wou ld not qualify under normal credit standards.
Section 23 6 : The tenant under t his program will pay 25%
of his famil:; s income and HUD will pay the difference between
the amount collected and the amount of the rent. Limited to
families whose incomes are not in excess of 135% of initial
admission levels of public housing.
Section 2 35: This sec tion places heavy emphasis on home
ownership and provides that if the purchaser of a new home or
a living unit in a condomimium will pay at least 20% of the
family's income and HUD will pay the balance of the monthly
mortgage payments.
Mr. Gates closed his discussion by stating that "The
impact of this bill on housing should be tremendous. The
tools are avai lable as never before."
Mr. Alexander then discussed Future Direction of the Committee .
He said that the Committee requests that the Mayor and Board
of Aldermen give consideration t o these proposals and advise us
a ccord ingly in a revised statement of mission f or the Committee;
All b od ies concerned with housing review the present
and continuing need for low income housing.
Eliminate existing slums and provide housing
as needed in the area for t hose who wish to
remain there •
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Place housing near jobs and public facilities in
the City of Atla nta and throughout the metropolitan
a r ea .
Continue efforts to pr omote innovative l ow- inc ome
housing c o nstruction in Atlant a .
Continue to aid efforts to eliminate s ocial problems
connected with hous i ng .
Further involve the business community in the housing
program .
Assist nonprofit groups and developers in their efforts
to obtain land and construct housing.
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Pr omo te and explain the new general housing act and
the fair housing act .
Cons ider national and local legislati on use full to
the h o using program .
10 .
Assist in the st~bilization o f existing neighb or h ood s
and encourage the c o nstruct i on of middle and u pper
. inc ome residential devel o pments in the City of Atl anta.
Attempt t o inv o lve pers ons in the s lums in the business
s ide o f demolition, r ehabilitati on or erecting new
units .
Co ntinue eff o rts to se ll the need f or l ow-income
housing t o the p e o ple of metr opolitan Atlant2 .
Mr . Alexand er then discussed Unfinished 3 usiness. S ome o f
the phases of the initial pr o gram which are not finished are:
Completion of p ro ject s n o w in pl anning.
Legislati o n ' pendin~ that will allow the ci ty to lease
schoo ls to b e built by devel o p ers simultaneously with
housing pr o j ec t s, except in u rban renewal areas .
I nvestigati o n of pr oblem~ relating to code restrictions
o f innovative building .
Activati on of Board for the Greater Atlanta Housing
Deve l o pment Cor p oration.
Obtaining of ad ditiona l sites in areas where low-income
hou sing is needed .
Mr. Alexander made a closing statemen t thanking the staff,
members of the committee , Federa l Agencies, Atlan ta Ho using
Autho rity, P lanning Department , Buildi ng Department , Public Works
Department , memb0rs o f the Board o f Aldermen, Mayor Allen and the
me mbers of the Press, Radi o and TV Organi z~tions for their
cooperation and assistance .
Mr . Al exander then called o n Mr. Charles F. Palme r, member
of the Public :-lousing Panel of the Committee, to discus s a
Resolu tio n the Panel had prepared.
Mr. Palmer stated that the only l ogica l conclusion reached
is that (1) subsidized housing must be fairly distriduted
throughout the city and, ( 2 ) that the only polit ic ally feasible
way to do this is by a "pac k age deal " simu l taneously presented
to Council by the Mayor and Atlanta Housing Authority with
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overwhelming community support.
He stated that the opion of the sub-committee is that it is
not too late to resubmit those rejected zoning applications
through the "package plan" on a simultaneous basis to meet
the city's needs for subsidized housing and that the Mayor,
the Board of Aldermen and the Atlanta Housing Authority should
proceed to do so forthwith.
Mr. Palmer then stated that if the same energy, zeal and
leadership of our "power structure 11 and city officials that was
mobilized to build our dazzling stadium, luxury apartments and
magnificent hotels and office buildings in our urban redevelopment areas had been applied to providing subsidized housing for
those who were bulldozed out of slums to ma ke room for these
m~jestic structures, the goal of public housing which our Mayor
proclaimed so long ago would now be nearly reached.
Then, as spokesman for the Chairman of the Sub-Committee
on Public Housing and on the sub-committee's behalf, moved
that our full Committee does now reaffirm its position on
"package rezon i ng", and calls upon its fellow organizations
of the City and those responsible f~r its implementation to
cooperate to put it into effect.
The Resolution was duel seconded and the Chairman called
f or discussion.
Mr. Al exa nder then suggested that sinc e this was included in
the requests made on hugusut 2, 1 968, to the Zoning Committee
and the Planning and Development Committee of the Board of
Aldermen and ha d been re f erred to the Planning Department, the
Committee should first address the Planning Department as to
current status of t he proposal.
Mr. Palme r de cl i ne d the suggestion and as ked f or a f orma l
vot e on the mot ion to a dopt the Resolution. I t was adopted
una nimoualy.
Mr . Alexander t hen showed the Commi ttee s lides tha t wer e
t aken of the slums as they exist t od ay in certa in areas o f t he
City , particularly Lightening , and as a contrast the new low-income
replacement housing devel opment s such as : V!hea t St reet Gardens,
College Plaza, Allen Te mple , Mc Daniel Street apar t ments for
the Elderly , Hollywood Road Pro jGct , Bankhead Highwa y, Friedship
Gardens , Thom~sville U.R . Projec t and the London Towne Houses.
Mr. William Howland then comment0d on the f ive houses in
Linwood Park which have been rehabilitPtod by CACUR under the
221 (h) program.
The Chairmon then cnlled on Mr. Dan Sweat, Director of
Governmental Li~ison, for comments.
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Mr. Sweat stated tha t the statis t ics released by Col. J ones
and the Committee were impress i v e a nd that the influence of the
Committee's success was not confined to Atlanta's hous i ng program
alone but has also been felt at the na tiona l l evel and that housing
experts from over the country have commented on the Atlanta
approach and on the exce l lent program of the Housing Resources
He stated that h i o f c olinc is that the story behind the
statistics is where the real meaning of this Committee and the
Housing Program is to be found. Be said that the work of the
Committee has made 211 the city aware o f the desperate need for
decent housing for the less fortunate, l ess affluent citizens of
Atlanta; that it has helped bridge the gap of credit~bility bot¼cen
the City - the institution - the power structure and a very large
and importa nt segraent of our comr:mni t y, and most important , this·
program started the City out on a new directi on so long needed.
He stated that the Aldermen understood this need when they
refused to p ass Urban Renewal Survey and Plannixg applications
until the housing relocation needs were met. The Mayo r realized
the need when he cal led the Hous i ng Conference and established
this commit tee and it was obvious that the private business
leadership recogn i zed i t when , the members of the Rousing Resources
Committee, responded as has been done.
Mr . Sweat then po inted out that the resultant changes are
re fle cted in a report given by Howard Openshaw, Director of
Redevelopment of the Hous ing huthority, at the last CACUR meeting.
Mr . Openshaw pointed out that o f the 10 1 033 units begun i n
urban renewal pro jec ts i n 1968, 884 units have been completed
which is 21 times t he nu~bcr of housing completed the previous
year in urban renewal 2reas. During the sane period, o nly 484
units were demolished in urban renewal areas . So , for the first
.time in the histo~y of Atlanta 's urban renewa l program , mo re
bousing units were completed in urba n renewal areas than were
Mr . Sweat concluded by saying , "We have finally turned the
corner in our urban redevelopment program and are headed in a
new direction so long s ought. "
Mr. Archer D. Smith , X](X , Chairman of th0 Legal Panel , made
a warning statement that we·are deluding ourselves if we take the
figur~s presented and quit working ; that we have got to be realistic
and get behind the package zoning plan .
Upon inquiry from the Chairman, Mr. Jones confirmed that sites
for all of the 7,337 units shown as In Planning, have not yet been
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In reference t o the figures pert~ining to Public Housing,
contained in the Summary of Status Report (Encl. 2, Second
Annual Report), attention is called to the fact that although
the 5,476 units shown as Completed, Under Construction and
In Planning categories, fall short by 4,100 units of the 5
year · goal, it is ho~ever within 110 units of the 2 year goal
of 5,586 Public Housing units announced in the Mayor's Housing
Conference, November 15, 1966.
The meeting adjourned 11:30
Respectfully submitted,
/) ~ [\
Malcolmn: · n~
Housing Coordi6ator
Resolution by ~ublic Housing Sub-Committee ·
Article, J t lant a Consti t ution, December 13 1 1968
Editorial, Atlanta Journal, December 14, 1968
Editorial, Atlanta Consti t ution, December 16, 1968
An Official Opinion of WSB-Radio/A t lanta, Dec. 22, 1968
Editorial, WSB-'l'V, January
Editorial, WSB- TV, January 3, 196 9

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