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Phone (202) 755-7327 2:00 p.m., Monday
June 30, 1969


Secretary George Romney of the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development today announced the tender of a $5,183,000 Model
Cities contract to St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis will also be given support from other programs administered
by HUD, by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the Depart-
ment of Labor, and the Office of Economic Opportunity.

State, county, local and private resources will also be used by the
city in its concentrated, coordinated attack on the serious social,
physical and economic problems within the Model Cities area,

Secretary Romney said that the remainder of St. Louis' $9,485,000
allocation of Model Cities funds has been reserved for the city, pending
further development of additional projects and activities planned by the
city and their approval by HUD.

"St. Louis has developed a comprehensive overall plan and has
carefully established priorities for the start of its first year activities,"
Secretary Romney said. "Our action today approves those projects
which the city is ready to start on immediately. While funding of
neighborhood corporation operations has been approved, more work
needs to be done with respect to those corporations before these projects
get underway. Further work is also required to develop projects to make
use of the more than $4 million of program funds still held in reserve
for possible use in St. Louis this year. We will give prompt consideration
to the remaining projects and activities when they are presented to us."

Secretary Romney, who is also Chairman of the President's Cabinet
Committee on Voluntary Action, noted the private and public involvement

in the St. Louis program.

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Many components of the St. Louis model cities program are benefitting
from volunteer efforts. For example, recreation programs in the model neigh-
borhood will use volunteers from church groups, civic organizations and
business groups.

In the Jeff Vander-Lou area, several local businessmen, architects
and area residents are involved in a housing rehabilitation program.
neighborhood residents will receive training in building skills through
the St. Louis Associated General Contractors and the AFL Labor Council..
The Danforth Foundation of St. Louis has contributed to the arts and
educational programs.

Commenting on the decision to tender a contract, Secretary Romney
explained that this was done after a careful review of the St. Louis
comprehensive plan. The plan was thoroughly studied and analyzed
both by the Regional and Washington Interagency Review Committees
representing those Federal Departments and Agencies with urban aid

A total of 150 communities in 45 States, the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico are participating in the Model Cities Program. The first
applications for planning grants were approved in November 1967.

For further information: Margaret B. Wilson, Acting Director
Model Cities Agency
Civil Courts Building
12th and Market Streets
St. Louis, Mo. 63101

Mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes
City Hall
St. Louis, Mo. 63101

NOTE: A summary of the St. Louis Model Cities Program is available upon
request to the Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. 20410.

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