Box 18, Folder 11, Document 20

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Box 18, Folder 11, Document 20

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June 6 , 1967
The Honorable J ohn J. Sparkman
The Honorable Wrigh t Patman
The Honorable William A. Barrett
Ge ntlemen :
This letter is to call to your attention my serious concern with a
problem facing the enforcement of housing codes in Atlanta and I am
certain in all the nation's cities.
In accordance wit h the emphasis placed on housing code enforcement
sought by Secretary Weaver and our own desires, we have moved ahead vigorously
with the housing code provisions in At l a nta. As you know, in those
areas where an urban renewal project or a code enforcement concentration area exists, home owners in need may qualify for grants and low
int erest l oans .
However, t here are many areas of Atlanta wh ere we seek to prevent
further deter i oration by code e nfo rcement that are as yet not covered
by e i ther of the above programs . Home owners i n these areas are with out recourse and are in the unhappy situation of having their homes
condemned unless they can produce the necessary funds .
It seems to me that these persons are entitled to relief. In effect
they are in an area covered by U. S. Government action since the re quired workab l e program covers the entire city. They should not be
unduly penalized . To continue to do so creates an unfair situation
which will undermine the entire e ffort of c ities to e nforce their codes.
I therefore s uggest that action be taken to all eviate this situati on .
We s uggest two possible courses .
1. As a minimum approach the F.H.A. shoul d ease up on their requirements unde r 203K and make loans under this program easily avail abl e for financially deprived persons who are sub jec ted to code enforcement expenditures .
2. Much more coul d be accomp l ished if the benefits of th e $1500
grants and the 3% l oan were extended t o all persons wi thout resources
who are faced with rehabilitation requirements under code enforcement.
As stated above the Workable Program is, in effect, a Federal require -
�June 6, 1967
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The Honorable Wright Patman
The Honorable William A. Barrett
ment, for the entire city. It seems possible that the law allowing
grants and loans could be extended to cover all citizens under a
~ this problem your most earnest consideratio~
Sincerely ,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
The Honorable Richard J. Daley, Mayor
Chicago, Illinois
The Honorable Jerome P. Cavanaugh, Mayor
Detroit, Michigan
The Honorable John
Lindsay, Mayzjr
New :Jork,New York
The Honorable John B. Collins, Mayor
Boston, Mass .
Mr. John Gunther, Executive Director
U. S. Conference of Mayors
Mr. Patrick Healey, Executive Director
National League of Cities

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