Box 5, Folder 17, Document 22

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MAY 4, 1967

Members of the Housing Resources Committee Executive Group met on Thursday,
‘May 4, 1967, at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall. The following members were present:

Mr. Dale Clark, Public Information Pamel

Dean William S. Jackson, Social Problems Panel

Mr. J. E. Land, Land Acquisition Panel

Mr. Archer D. Smith, III, Legal Panel

Mr. Edwin L. Sterne, Public Housing Panel

Mr. Hall Ware, Finance and Non-Profit Funds Panel

Mr. John C. Wilson, Finance and Non-Profit Funds Panel
Mr. Robert Winn, Construction and Design Panel

The Business Participation Panel was not represented at the meeting.

Col. Malcolm Jones presided in the Chairman's absence. Col. Jones explained
that this was the second in a series of monthly meetings designed to bring the
Committee members up to date on the progress of the program. He then asked
each of the panel representatives to make a report on the action taken by their
respective panels.

Finance and Non-Profit Funds Panel - Mr. Wilson and Mr. Ware explained
that the Committee is actively engaged in developing a local funding group to
provide ''seed'' money to promote low cost housing. Preliminary discussions
have been held and material from other such organizations is being reviewed.

Social Problems Panel - Dean Jackson reported that this panel has met to
organize their group and has discussed some of the broad areas to be
encompassed by the panel. Two main decisions came out of this meeting:

1. The panel should have representation from the community itself and,
therefore, two new members have been added. They are: Dr. Charles
F. Schwab, President, Protestant Welfare and Social Services, Inc.,
and Mr. Erwin Stevens, Chairman, Citizens Central Advisory
Committee, Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.

2. The panel felt it would be helpful to develop some guidelines as to what
is anticipated as goals for adequate living.

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Dean Jackson added that one of his classes is presently conducting a survey
of the attitudes of families living in the vicinity of the Bedford-Pine area

to be completed by the end of this month. If anything helpful comes out of
the study it will be shared with the Committee.

. Land Acquisition Panel - Mr. Land reported that this panel is still in the
process of thoroughly organizing. However, as a result of the first meeting
it was decided that two or three real estate men would be added to the group
and this is in process at present. Meetings are planned with the Atlanta
Housing Authority and the Federal Housing Administration.

Construction and Design Panel - Mr. Winn reported that three architects have
been obtained to work with the panel in carrying out its functions. The panel
members have organized and have scheduled regular monthly meetings and
are beginning to plan their program.

Legal Panel - Mr. Smith, representing Mr. Weltner, stated that two attorneys
have been added to assist in the work of the panel. They are: Mr. Archer D.
Smith, II, Attorney, Harmon & Thackston, and Mr. Norman L. Underwood,
Attorney, Sanders, Hester & Holley. The panel members are working in three
areas at the present time:

1. Research and examination of the laws dealing with FHA housing,
particularly the requisites for obtaining FHA grants and loans;

2. Study of complaints and problems concerning the enforcement of the
Housing Code; and

3. Research into the part of the law particularly concerned with the
Grant and Loan Program (for rehabilitation of sub-standard housing)
being restricted to Urban Renewal and Code Enforcement areas.

Public Housing Panel - Mr. Sterne reported that this panel has met once and
at that meeting the members were generally acquainted with what is going on -
in public housing. Mr. Sterne told the group of many of the programs the
Housing Authority is presently engaged in.

Public Information Panel - Mr. Clark reported that the panel members have
met and that he also met with Col. Jones and Mr. Alexander for a briefing on
the overall program. He stated that his concept of this panel's function is one
of informing the general public and to report fully through the news media
what the Committee is doing, and that until some definite action is taken by
the Committee and the function of the Committee is a little better focused,
this panel will not be able to really move forward on their program.

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Col. Jones then distributed up-to-date copies of the Inventory of the various
housing projects which have been proposed and provided members of the press
with a summary of this report. He reviewed the summary with the committee
and discussed in detail some of the problems the committee is encountering in
getting these projects underway. The major problems include;

1. Attitude of home owners toward apartment units;
2. Zoning; and

3. Determination of the location of housing (HUD prefers that such housing
not be located in areas of racial concentration).

The group discussed possible solutions to these problems but no positive
decisions were reached.

Col. Jones also told the group of a meeting Mr. Alexander has requested for

a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen for the purpose of inviting builders
and developers to appear before them to discuss their problems from their
points of view. He added that it would be helpful to have some members of the
Executive Group at this meeting also. Mr. Land of the Land Acquisition Panel
said that his panel would definitely be represented at the meeting.

Col. Jones requested each of the panels to elect permanent Chairmen and Vice
Chairmen as soon as possible, if they have not already done so, and to advise
him who has been elected. ‘

Mr. Clark told the Executive Group members that his panel (Public Information)
is always open to committee members for any suggestions or recommendations
as to how the public information program can help further the goals of the
Committee. He also recommended to Col. Jones that the information contained
inthe summary of the problem areas be made available to the press. Col. Jones
agreed with Mr. Clark and advised that he would take up this matter with

Mr. Alexander,

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m,
Respectfully submitted,

Prekie eins CD 2s

Malcolm D. Jones
Supervisor of Inspection Services

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