Box 8, Folder 16, Document 39

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Atlanta, Georgia

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February 17, 1967
social activities vathee than long-range programs for the total
neighborhood. Among them are: Summerhill Civic League, People's
Town Civic League, Capitol Homes Tenant Association, The Wesley House
Center, Negro Voter's League, Pittsburg Civic League, Mechanicsville
Civic League, Counselor of Women, Summerhill-Mechanicsville Community
Improvement Committee, John Hood, Member Georgia Legislature, and

9. Churches

These institutions possess great influence and organizational strength,
not as units of social service but as bodies‘ under whose pastors and
leaders there is veto or endorsement power in community affairs, Over
100 Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian, Holliness, African

Methodist and other Atlanta Urban League congregations, large and small

are active in the area, This local unit of the National organization

works with Neighborhood Organizations and disseminates Model Neighborhood
Program information to them. They, in turn, presented this information
to their club members. They also compiled a list of active neighborhood

associations in the area,

What are the goals sought with respect to citizen participation?

1. Provide ssiehbortods residents with a more meaningful role in the
re-building and restructuring of their own communities. Planning
should be carried out with, as well as for, the people living in the
affected area.

a. Promote local support for program success.

b. Develop more capacity and self-sufficiency among area residents

necessary to sustain gains made through the program.

Atlanta, Georgia
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c. Increase community neighborhood organizations' capacity to
continue actively to represent neighborhoods beyond the execution
period of Model Neighborhood Program.
Provide more mechanisms in the program for a flow of communication and
social contact between the citizens of the area and residents in
other parts of the city. The result will be two-fold: low income
residents of the Model Neighborhood Area will see the life style of
other people and the latter will better understand the problems of
the Model Neighborhood.
Develop a Citizen Participation Program to give a voice to all elements
of the local population from all parts of the area through small churches,
meeting places and little gatherings in addition to large ones.
Utilize existing neighborhood organizations where possible, find
and involve unorganized people, get to know every family, knock on doors.
Provide full information to area residents concerning the program,
planning decisions to be made, alternative courses of action; solicit
expression of residents! concerns, desires, and needs, individually
and in groups.
Incorporate resident's concern, desires and needs in planning and
execution of the program.
Develop means of introducing views of area residents in policy making.
Afford opportunities to city-wide and metropolitan groups to discuss the
impact of the program on their particular areas and interests and
bring to bear their points of view in the planning and execution of

the demonstration program.

Utilize existing citizen committees established under other Federal

programs such as CACUR, and EOA groups.
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