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Economic Opportunity Atlanta
i overiruled objections of the AtJ lanta
Housing A u t h o r i t y
Wednesday in asking for federal
· funds of the Atlanta Legal Scrvi~s progrnm.


M. B. Satterfield, AHA diirec'tor, wrote EOA to ask that fund. ing be delayed untii an investiga'. tion could be made into activi! ties of Legal Aid whic'h SaHeri field called .a "disruptive 1nflu, ence on tJhe public housing pro1 gram and serves only to cause


fri ction in the community."
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The boaird of directors of
. IDOA, on the recommendation of
. member Jesse Hill, approved
the $326,695 budget-$271,939 in
· feder al funds .
" It is 1rnap.proprlate not to
move ahead," board Chairnm n
Boisf.euillet Jones said. He · sa id
he would "honor ,the complaint
fo ,t he extent of look,ing into 1ts
meirits."
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Robert Dobbs, another board
memher, also urged ithe request
for funds, despite ,the AHA let.ter. "The housing authority
ought to look at itself. H has
some problems itself."
Jones said he had 1received an
anonymous ca.J.I several months
ago about Michael Padnos,
director of Legai Aid. Jones said
the caUeir threa,tened Jones unless he got rid of Padnos.
"'11hat's the last I heaird of it,"
Jones said with a l,augh.
Satterfield's letter said that
rthe AHA was withhoJ.ding "endorsement of this a pplication ait
rthiis time, pending cl arification
of certain acl!ions ,t aken by
Lega,I Aid which a fifec,t the Atlanta Housing AuthorJty and the
community."
SaLterfield's letter saJd Padnos !had made "serious general
allegations conc,erning Atlanta
Hol.l'sing Aubhority po1icy and
conduct of activities." But, the
The EOA board also approved fedeml funds, a111<i_4u.mmi>r recletter said, wheri called on for the Head St:;irt program, which rna.tion, including $620,000 iii'
specific f.aots behind the allega- includes a request for $516,649 in (,e<lernl lunds .•
-tions, "Legal Aid has refused to
flLl'nish such facts ... That refusaI can be documented."
P.adnos'. objections generally
were that the AHA operates
"arbitrnrily." He said he refused ito give names of those
complaiining bec,a use of ,t he lawyer-client reJ.ationship.
Jones explained ;tihat the AHA
had been infm·med of the application for legal services, but
solely b.ecause they were. an in,t eres.ted party, not a holder of a
veto .
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