Box 8, Folder 16, Document 18

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673 Capitol Avenue, $.W.
Atlanta, Ga. 30315

Ivan Allen Jr., Mayor
J. C. Johnson, Director

Mr. John Martin

Commissioner of Aging

Department of Health, Education
and Welfare

Washington, D. C.

Dear Commissioner Martin:

The Atlanta Model Cities Program was very honored by your recent
visit, and greatly appreciates your keen interest in our efforts.

We have gathered together some descriptive material about the
programs for senior citizens which we visited or discussed during
your visit, and we are enclosing the same along with this letter.

The Atlanta Model Cities Program has benefitted tremendously from
its close working relationship with the Senior Citizens Services
of Metropolitan Atlanta. In the spring of 1968, during our early
planning period, Senior Citizens staff provided direct assistance
to the Model Cities social services planner. Their professional
staff drew up and conducted, with the help of Model Cities aides,
a survey of about 300 senior citizens, and obtained valuable
information about the needs and services of our older population.
They also met with groups of senior citizens and with the resident
social service committees to further SsproEe the problems and
unmet needs of our senior citizens.

Combining the material gained from the survey and the community
meetings with their general expertise in the field of aging, they
then developed with our staff an outline of the problems, causes,
goals and program approaches for older persons living in the
Model Cities neighborhood. This was a valuable contribution to
Atlanta's Model Cities overall plan.

Senior Citizen Services will receive Model Cities supplemental
funds in two major projects; one for day care services and a
second for a personal services center (see attached description).
Since the beginning of this year, our respective staffs have
worked closely to finalize plans for these projects. In
addition, Senior Citizens has continued to lend assistance in
our ongoing planning process. A timely example of this is our
joint efforts, along with Fulton County Department of Family

and Children's Services, to develop a protective services
project for older persons in the Model Cities Area.

This close working relationship between our two agencies has
provided the Model Cities program with valuable expertise in
the field of aging and has insured the inclusion of meaningful
projects for senior citizens in our first year plan. Senior
Citizens Services has, in effect, acted as an advocate - and a
most successful one - for the senior citizens in Model Cities.

Atlanta's Model Cities program has planned a wide variety of
projects which will benefit senior citizens. These projects

are described in greater detail in the attached material. Also
included are descriptions of several projects which Senior
Citizens Services has planned for both the Model Cities area and

the city as a whole.

We hope that you will find the enclosed material useful. We will
be happy to supplement it with more detailed information about
any particular project.

Once again, thank you for your interest in our program.

incerel our,

James R. Shimkus
Social Planning Director

cc: Al Horvath

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