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HUD-No. 69-0355 FOR RELEASE:

Phone (202) 755-6980 A. M. Papers



Secretary George Romney, of the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development, today announced the tender of a $2,642,000
Model Cities Contract to Waco, Texas.

Waco has also been given assurances for substantial funds
from other programs administered by HUD, and by the Department
of Health, Education and Welfare, the Department of Labor,and
the Office of Economic Opportunity.

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, local and private re-
sources will also be used by the city in its concentrated, co-
ordinated attack on the serious social, economic and physical
problems within the Model Cities area.

Of the $2,642,000 in Model Cities supplemental funds,
approximately $500,000 will be used to generate some $2,600,000
in capital construction, Secretary Romney said. HUD has approved
a $1,500,000 sanitary sewer project, and expects to approve
$200,000 for a neighborhood facility, an urban renewal program
and 100 units of public housing.

HEW has stated that, in addition to substantial HEW funds
which presently provide health, education and welfare services
to the Waco Model Cities area, HEW agencies have indicated the
potential availability of $663,700. HEW will continue its on-
going efforts with the City of Waco to make these funds avail-
able to carry out the Waco plan, to the extent possible under
existing program legislation. Included are programs for higher
educational activity, the Teacher Corps, maternal and infant
care, comprehensive health planning, rehabilitation research and
training, and treating the mentally retarded.

A total of $2,087,000 for a Concentrated Employment Program
in Waco,funded by the Department of Labor,will provide work train-
ing, work experience and other manpower services for Model Cities
area residents.

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The Office of Economic Opportunity indicated that it
expects to maintain the present $621,000 level of annual
funding for Community Action Program activity within the Waco
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 Waco program. Besides the contri-
butions of private groups in the planning process, which is
expected to grow during the action stage, volunteer help is
available from such organizations as the McLennan County Med-
ical Society, the American Institute of Architects, the United
Fund and the Alta Corporation.

The County Medical Society is contributing $13,600 towards
a coordinated health program. The Alta Corporation is sponsor-
ing a minority home builder to build 14 dwelling units in a
Residents Homebuilders project.

"The largest volunteer contribution has been the neighbor-
hood residents themselves," Secretary Romney said.

Commenting on the decision to tender a contract, Secretary
Romney explained that this was done after a careful review of the
Waco 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 programs.

"During the past several months, Waco has done an excellent
job in revising its proposals and improving its capability to
operate in the first year action program," he said. "Other com-
prehensive plan approvals and contract tenders are following a
similar process and additional announcements will be made over
the next several weeks.

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 approv-
ed in November 1967.

Attached is a summary of Waco's comprehensive plan which
includes descriptions of first year action programs using Model
Cities supplemental funds.

For further information: James J. Miller
Model Cities Office
city Hall
Waco, Texas 76701 (817) PL3-2441

Honorable Howard Dudgeon
Mayor, City Hall

Waco, Texas 76701

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