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DRAFT - Minutes - Housing Resources Executive Committee - April 6, 1967

Members of the Housing Resources Committee Executive Group met on

Thursday, April 6, 1967, at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall. The following members

were present:

Mr. Cecil A. Alexander, Chairman

Mr. Lee Burge, Finance Panel

Mrs. Sujette Crank, Social Problems Panel

Mr. Virgil Milton, Business Participation Panel
Mr. Ray Moore, Public Information Panel

Mr. Moreland Smith, Construction and Design Panel
Mr. Charles L. Weltner, Legal Panel

Mr. John Wilson, Non-Profit Funds Panel

The following panels were not represented at the meeting:

Land Acquisition Panel
Public Housing Panel
Mr. Alexander reviewed the general functions of the Housing Resources
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Committee and informed them of the“office that had been established in the City
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Hallg Col. Malcolm Jones has been assigned to coordinate the housing program

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and Mr. William Gates/is assisting in the office one day each week... The City

has also just approved a secretarial position for this office to be filled as soon

as possible.

Mr. Alexander then introduced Mr. M. B. Satterfield, Executive
Director of the Atlanta Housing Authority, who briefed the group on thej# Lrukhe Hewsing
Mr. Satterfield reported on the number of public housing units at the
present time:
l. There are presently 8,874 units with virtually no vacancies.

2. 650 units are under construction at the McDaniel Street Project.

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3. Abid has been accepted for 140 units at the Perry Homes Project.
4. 350 units in the design stage have been submitted to the Federal Housing
Administration for review. The Housing Authority expects to let bids
on these units this summer.

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5. 140 units are under lease under the turnkey program.

He pointed out these different netts on a city map to give the Committee

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members an idea of the keatimn of this housing. , Some concern has been
expressed for the need of public housing in the eastern quadrant of the cityer#

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Gle-expakinnexk explained that the main difficulty weS in securing any open land
in this area that would be useable. Developers are being encouraged to
consider this section of the city. He explained that the Atlanta Housing
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Authority presently has 4, 200 units reserved by the Federal Government.
He then reviewed the different programs available in providing this low-
income housing. These include:
l. Direct construction by the Housing Authority and the Turnkey Program.
2. Purchase and rehabilitation of older and existing houses.
3. Leasing by the Housing Authority of standard dwellings.

At this point Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. spoke to the group briefly regarding
the housing program, He said that he was greatly impressed with the interest
being shown in efforts to get more low-income housing underway in the city.
He pointed out,as Mr. Satterfield did,that the main problem he has encountered
is in securing suitable and available locations for these units. He expressed

a desire to see more,sponsors willing to carry through on a project to

construct such housing units,


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Col. Malcolm Jones reviewed with the members of the committee the
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various pieces of information,made available to them today and brought these


reports up to date on armf changes that have taken place. He also pointed out

the different proposed projects on a map of the city so the members might see


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the distribution of the units. The following revisions were thatle in the

February 20, 1967 report:
Estimate When Available

Category No. Units 1967 1968 1969 1970 _1971
Firm 3092 (1226) (1550) (316)

Probable 4685 - (2573) (912) (500) (700)
Total 7777 (1226) (4123) (1228) (500) (zo)
Under Consideration 3405

Doubtful 2968

Total 14, 150

Col, Jones also distributed a report concerning the problem areas of
the program. Currently there are 4, 900 units in all categories which are facing
serious difficulties for various reasons, This report was to advise the Committee
of the situations existing.

The Chairman next recommended and requested the following to the

1. A monthly meeting datewas established for the first Thursday of the month
at 10:00 a.m,

2. He requested all panels to submit the names of their Chairmen and Vice

Chairmen as soon as possible.

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3. He requested the Legal Panel to investigate the feasibility of amending! deve/
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legislation concerning financial assistance to home owners in{code enforce-

ment areas whose homes are condemned. At present, home owners in
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urban renewal areasjare the only. persons eligible for such assistance. “*
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4, Mr, Alexander asked that encouragement be given to atl communities to

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have good Workable Programs. Atlanta's program is in good order but

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this does not apply to,tke communities in Metropolitan Atlanta.
5. He asked the Legal Panel to investigate the State tax laws. He feels the
the present tax laws are favorable to retention and creation of slums.
6. He announced that the Finance and Non-Profit Panels have been combined.
7. He advised that he and Mr. Lee Burge are looking into the need for

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8. At the present time he is trying to get some information from the City

Planning Department regarding the available land in the city. However, it

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will be some time before this information is complete.
9. He expressed his concern over the difficulties that are being encountered in ‘J v

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securing approval of sites. This is caused by various reasons, He feels
that this is becoming a very serious problem and that something must be
done as soon as possible to try to provide solutions to these problems.
10. The Committee and office staff have been approached many times by developers
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requesting that they refer them to lawyers and architects familiar with these s.
The professional organizations of these groups have been asked to supply the Housing

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Resources office with a list of those persons familiar with this field and these lists

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will be furnished the developers upon request,
He recommended to the Construction Panel that they take under advisement
the various codes of the City of Atlanta and other agencies to determine if
such codes are practical and feasible.
He requested assistance from the Social Problems Panel in providing solutions
to the many problems being created in the location of these housing units. : ‘
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There are several areas of the city that have not been touched and he feels
a much more aggressive program is needed. He referred to such areas as
Vine City and Mechanicsville.
He asked the members to consider the problem of relocation of people
displaced while units are under construction,to come up with some workable
way to build these units without disrupting the neighborhood completely.
He proposed that a task force be set up in the areas of prime consideration

to improve communications with the residents,

After a short discussion period the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m,

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