Box 7, Folder 13, Document 28

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The Urban Coalition / Federal Bar Building West / 71879 H Street, N.W. Washington, D. C. | 20006

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


The Executive Committee of the national Urban Coalition
today called for Congressional action on a supplemental appro-
priation for the Office of Economic Opportunity, expanded
housing legislation, and emergency legislation to provide at
least 1,000,000 new jobs through public service employment.

John W. Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education,
and Welfare and new Chairman of the Urban Coalition, also re-
leased an Executive Committee statement which "strongly endorsed"
the Report of the President's Advisory Commission on Civil

For OEO, the Executive Committee urged an additional
$104 million to raise current appropriations to the level
authorized for fiscal 1968; $100 million to replace funds di-
verted to the Job Opportunities in the Business Sector (JOBS)
program; and $75 million for special summer employment, edu-
cation and recreation programs.

The statement said "Federal funds now available are inade-
quate to meet even minimal program needs in employment, educa-
tion and recreation". It said such programs "can contribute sig-
nificantly to enhanced opportunity for young people in the
impoverished areas of our cities, especially during the school

vacation period."

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


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The Coalition's Executive Committee endorsed in principle
legislative proposals for a public service employment program.
aimed at creating at least 1,000,000 "socially useful" new jobs
through a combination of public and private efforts.

In the housing field, the Committee commended President
Johnson's proposal for a Housing and Urban Development Act of
1968 and described as "major contributions" a number of other
Administration efforts, including flexible interest subsidies,
rent supplements and fair housing.

However, the Committee urged a "mix of public and private
resources" to carry out a "massive and carefully coordinated"
program to assure each American of a decent home and a suitable
living environment.

Specifically, Congress was urged to take steps to minimize
land speculation, assure that "workable program" requirements
in Federally-aided programs do not serve as a barrier to low and
moderate income housing, eliminate red tape and establish

independent program evaluation processes.

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Texts of Statements Attached.

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