Box 7, Folder 8, Document 19

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The Ur ban Coalition / Federal Bar Building West | 1819 H Street, N.W. Washington, D. C. | 20006

Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell / A. Philip Randolph


The Urban Coalition will provide leadership of local coalitions with
a weekly summary of information about the status of national legis-
lation important to solving the problems of the cities and particu-
larly legislation bearing on the primary objectives of the Coalition.

Javits~Yarborough Bill Would Increase OEO Funds: Senators Jacob
Javits (R-N.Y.) and Ralph Yarborough (D-Texas) introduced a bill last
week to tack $150 million for OEO onto a FY 1968 supplemental appro-
priations bill already passed by the House. Javits, along with
Senators Edward Brooke (R-Mass.) and Fred Harris (D-Okla.) also
testified in support of the measure, as did Mayor John Lindsay of
New York. The Committee will meet in executive session Monday,
March 4 to decide whether or not to add the extra funds. Attached
is a fact sheet prepared before the Javits-Yarborough measure was
introduced which gives further insight into the need for a supple-
mental appropriation.

HUD-Agriculture Cooperation Proposed for Rural Development: The
President's farm message (February 27) reveals a move to settle de-
bate over responsibility for federal urban development programs in
rural areas. Apparently Agriculture will not be permitted to expand
its own kit of community development programs, but will coordinate
other agency programs in the country's more rural areas. HUD, for
example, will enter into agreements with Agriculture for Agriculture
to administer certain HUD programs in rural areas in accordance with
HUD standards. Similar arrangements will be developed between
Agriculture and other agencies.

The message called for increased federal assistance in providing
housing and employment in rural areas. It recommended reducing
interest rates and expanding eligibility for rural housing loan
programs and insuring that rent supplements are available outside
urban areas. It also provided for credit programs and construction
loans for firms locating in rural regions, and a broadened job train-

Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968: Legislation to implement
the President's Cities Message was introduced February 26 and 27:

ยง.3029 (Sparkman, D-Ala.) and H.R.15624 (Patman, D-Texas). Hearings
begin in Senator John Sparkman's Senate Housing Subcommittee March 5,

National Coordinators: John Feild / Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293-7530

National Legislative Information
For Urban Coalitions
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and Rep. William Barrett's (D-Pa.) House Housing Subcommittee March
12. Mayor James H.J. Tate of Philadelphia, will testify before the
Senate group March 7 and before the House Subcommittee March 14.
Hearings will also consider riot insurance bills: The National
Insurance Development Corporation Act of 1968, S.3028 and H.R.15625.
Details of the 1968 program will be the subject of a forthcoming

House Appropriations Subcommittee (Evins, D-Tenn., Chmn.) will open
hearings March 18 on HUD FY 1969 budget requests. Several mayors
representing NLC will appear March 27.

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