Box 13, Folder 8, Document 31

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September 20, 1967 Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404


R, EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M, MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison


To: Mr. Earl Landers
From: Dan Sweat thd

Subject: Housing Resources Clerical Personnel

The correspondence from Cecil Alexander, Chairman of the Housing
Resources Committee, to Mayor Allen requesting an additional clerical
personnel be made available to the Housing Resources Committee for

the purpose of bringing the CIP data and statistics on low and moderate
income housing up-to-date points up the need for a fulltime City research
and information capability.

I do not argue with the HRC request. However, I believe that this
function should be part of the on-going responsibility of the Planning

It would be a shame for us to have spent $750,000 on a Community
Improvement Program and not have the capability of maintaining
current data in a useable form after the CIP project is finished. I
think all of us are aware of the tremendous value of the various CIP
reports. For the first time we have had information on housing
including individual computerized information on each structure as
well as projected requirements for the future.

This information made it possible for us to launch the critically needed
housing program almost a year before the complete report was finished.
Mr. Landers
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September 20, 1967

Iam sure that we are going to find that we will be able to use the
information and recommendations in other reports to implement
timely action in other areas,

However, unless we are able to record and document what action has
been taking place and complete at least an annual review of progress
with updating of our facts and figures, I am afraid the CIP will have

missed its mark,

I think that we also should give careful consideration as to exactly
what we want the Housing Resources Committee to do - how big an
operation you want to make out of it. I think the same thing holds
true for every other quasi-governmental authority or agency that
has been set up in the City, particularly the Atlanta Youth Council
and the Community Relations Commission.

It might be wise for a special committee of the Board of Aldermen

to take a good look at these agencies before the budget is finalized
this year, I do not mean to imply that they should be cut out or

cut back. It might be decided that they are woefully underfinanced.
My concern is that we all know exactly what the purpose of these
agencies is and more importantly that those people who run these
agencies know what the City expects of them and if we are going to
continue the operation they should be given the tools with which to
operate according to the wishes of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

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