Box 18, Folder 25, Document 38

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Proposed Procedures to Assist the Low-income
Housing. Program

(Which Can Be Initiated Now)
1. The Mayor, assisted by the Chairman, Housing Resources Committee, to

explain to the members of the Board of Aldermen the seriousness of the current
situation and the need for the accelerated program, together with the principal
problems involved, and to urge their cooperation and assistance in carrying out the
program. r | |

2. Until such time as Public Housing facilities can be obtained and operated
by the Housing Authority in adjacent unincorporated areas, request the Housing
Authority to adopt the policy that applicants not be assigned to Public Housing
until after they have established legal residence within the City Limits of Atlanta
for at least one year. ;

3. A Non-profit Housing Developniatt Corporation be formed as soon as possible
and provided with ample revolving funds (suggest at least $100,000 public funds
and $900,000 to be obtained through private loans) with which to acquire and bank
land, for ultimate disposition without profit, for development of low-income
housing and to otherwise participate in the low-income housing program.

lh. The Planning Department to effect as soon as possible a comprehensive
revision of Zoning whereby amounts and locations of land zoned or qualified for
rezoning for multi-family low-income housing will more adequately meet the City's
needs for such housing.

5. The City to expedite applications for its future proposed Urban Renewal
Projects in order to make additional land available for low-income housing, but
_to execute redevelopment of such project areas on a section-by-section basis only,
in order to minimize displacement at any one time. Plunkettown and East Atlanta

would provide excellent locations, although Plunkettown has previously been considered

primarily for industrial development. Effort should be made to provide for

extension of low-income housing development in Plunkettown, southward into Clayton

County where the major portion of the area needing renewal already lies.

6. Establish policy that determined effort be made to. locate some low-income .
housing in each Ward of the City, recognizing that the bulk of such housing will of
necessity have to go in areas where land is available at prices which make {itoxcone
housing development economically feasible. Aldermen in respective Wards to be urged

to work with Planning Department, Housing Authority and Housing Resources Committee

-in determining locations and number of: units considered appropriate for their ‘ard.

7e The Housing Authority be requested to adopt a policy of trying to locate
a sizable portion of its future Public Housing, Purnieey or otherwise, on small and
medium sized scattered tracts, rangeing from ); to 200 units each, within general
areas of the City to be selected, in coordination between the Housing Authority,
Planning Department and Housing Resources Committee.

8. Establish a centrally located Housing Referral Service (to be operated
perhaps under EQOA) to assist people in finding dwellings within their means,
particularly those people not displaced by governmental action and those who
cannot qualify, or will have difficulty in qualifying, for Public Housing. Such
service to utilize private enterprise housing to the fullest extent and to have
under its control a limited number of housing units which can be used for emergency
housing for not to exceed a 90 day period for any one family.

9. To encourage in any way possible greater interest by developers in
construction of single family sales housing for those in the medium income
bracket; and rehabilitation by private enterprise of wsisting housings, under
221 (h) or otherwise, for rental purposes.

10. The City Building, Plumbing and Electrical Codes to be revised to permit
installation in certain designated areas of well designed prefabricated dwelling
units, using proven and generally accepted materials, as assembled in the factories;
to be installed on minimum lot size of 5,000 square feet.

11. Provide tax incentives (if necessary through legislative action) substantially
as follows to builders and developers of low-income housing units which will rent

or sell in the private market in the $5 to $65 per month range: utilities not

Rental’ or ,
No. Bedrooms Purchase Ranze Tax Abatement % No. Years
1 Bedroom or Efficiency $h5.00-55.00 100 lst year
75 2nd year
50 3rd year
25 lth year
10 Sth year
None Thereafter
2 Bedrooms $55 .00-65.00 Same as above

12, Establish a positive and jntenSive program (classes), through EOA or other
source, in depressed areas of the City for education of loweinwane tenants in proper .
conservation (care and maintenance) of dwellings and premises which they occuvy.

13. The City to continue to actively work for reinstatement of the Rent

Supplement Prosram, in substantially the same form as previously authorized.

1h. The Housing Authority to take an active roll, both in Lhe neipnbenkoods
involved and politically, in selection of sites for Public Housins and in supvort
of rezoning petitions on sites considered suitable for Public Housing under the
Turnkey program.


to be encouraged by the Land-Use Control (Zoning) Division of the Planning Department

Sponsors of sites proposed for rezoning for the low-income housing program

and the Housing Resources Committee to seek and actively try to obtain general
neighborhood concurrence at least two weeks before the rezoning signs are placed
on the property involved.

16. On all sites proposed for low-income housing, the Planning Department to
promptly determine the adequacy of Community Facilities for the proposed development,
and prior to presentation to the Planning Board; if inadequate, to coordinate
with Departments or Agencies involved with view to arranging for their adequacy
by the time the development is completed and occupied. In the event such facilities
cannot be provided, to notify the Housing Resources Committee before the Planning
Board considers the proposal,


In order to assist the Planning Board and the Zoning Committee, the

Housing Authority to submit to them written recom endations on all sites on

agendas proposed for rezoning for Public Housing;

to submit recommendations on all sites on agendas

and the Housing Resources Committee

proposed for rezoning for low-

income housing under either the Turnkey or 221 d (3) programs.
18. The Housing Authority be requested to expand its Public Housing progran,

particularly leasing and purchase, into the adjacent unincorporated areas.

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