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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING
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WASHINGTON D.C. 20410
FOR RELEASE AFTER:
HUD-No. 69-0504 2:00 P.M. Friday
Phone (202) 755-6980 June 27, 1969
HUD MODEL CITIES CONTRACT
TENDERED TO BOSTON
Secretary George Romney of the U. S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development today announced the tender of a
$7,718,000 Model Cities contract to Boston, Mass.
Boston will also be given substantial support from other
programs administered by HUD, and the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare, Department of Labor, and the Office of
Today's action by Secretary Romney will enable the city to
begin the first-year action phase under its comprehensive five-
year Model Cities program. State, county, local and private
resources will also be used by the city in its concentrated,
coordinated attack on the serious social, economic and physical
problems within the Model Cities area.
Secretary Romney, who is the Chairman of the President's
Cabinet Committee on Voluntary Action, noted the extensive
private involvement in the Boston program.
The Boston Model Cities Administration has obtained commit-
ments of funds and services from local corporations, private
organizations and universities. Among the groups to be involved
in manpower and economic development are the Boston Urban Founda-
tion and the National Alliance of Businessmen. The Contractors
Association of Boston Institute will work with the housing
The Urban League will operate two innovative educational
programs with curricula developed by five institutions-- Wheelock,
Boston University, Boston College, Simmons and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Commenting on the decision to tender a contract, Secretary
Romney explained that this was done after a careful review of
the Boston comprehensive plan. The plan was thoroughly studied
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and analyzed both by the Regional and Washington Interagency
Review Committees representing those Federal departments and
agencies with urban aid programs.
"During the past several months, Boston has done an excellent
job in revising its proposals and improving its capability to
operate in the first-year action program," he said.
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: Paul Parks, Administrator
Model Cities Administration
2401 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02119
Mayor Kevin White
Boston, Massachusetts 02101
Note: A summary of the Boston 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.