Box 18, Folder 26, Document 20

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August 9, 1967

The Executive Group of the Housinz Resources Committee met at 10:00 a.m,
August 9, 1967, in Committee xoom #2, City Hall. The following members were

Mir, Cecil A, Alexander, Chairman, Housing Resources Committee
Dr, Sanford S, Atwood, Co-Chairman, Housing Nesources Vommittee
Dr. Benjamin E, Mays, Co-Chairman, Housing Resources Committee
Mr. Archer Smith, representing Mr. Charles L. Weltner, Acting Chairman,
Legal Panel
ir, Robert Winn, representing Ur. Edwin Harrison, Chairman, Construction
and Design Panel
Mr. Moreland Smith, Vice-Chairman, Construction and Design Panel
Mr. Lee Burge, Chairman, Finance and Non-Profit Funds Panel
Mr. “illiam Bohn, representing Mr. Clarence J, Coleman, Acting Chairman,
Public Housing Panel
Mr. Charles iF, Palmer, member, Public Housing Panel
Mr. Frank Terrell, representing Mr. Wallace L. Lee, member, Land Acquisition
Mr. Clayton it. Yates, member, Land Acquisition Panel
hire Jim @. Land, member, Land Acquisition Panel
Mr. Stewart Wight, member, Land Acquisition Panel
Dean William S. Jackson, Chairman, Social Problems Panel
Mr. Lewis Cenker, member, Social Problems Panel
Mr. Virgil Milton, Chairman, Business Participation Panel
Mr. Jim Wood, Vice-Chairman, Public Information Panel
Mr. W. VW, Gates, Consultant
Mr. Malcolm U, Jones, Director
Also present at the meeting were:

Mr. H-ll Ware, Attorney, King & Spalding

Mr. Collier Gladin, Planing etter

Mr. Lester H, Percells, Associate Executive Director, Housing Authority
Mrs. Xernona Clayton, American Friends Service Committee

The Chairman recognized the presence of both Co-Chairmcon, Ur. Atwood and
Ute Mays °

Mr. Gladin, Planning Engineer, was then called upon to comment on the
Lance. Use Study being proposed by the Plannin; Department and the report
previously provided this Committee on Zoned acreages of vacant land.

Mr. Gladin instead passed out several copies of a new report which he
had prepared to the Housing i‘itesources Committee provosing certain solutions
to the critical housing shortaze and commented on it briefly. At the conclusion
he asked for the assistance from the dousing esources Committee of its one
permanent staff member to assist the Planning Jepartment in developing a
joint plan, with detailed implementation steps, for presentation at the joint
meeting of the Planning and Development Committee and the Housing itesources
Committee (now scheduled for Sestember 15). Uopies of Mr. Gladin's report
are attached (Encl. 2). Mr. Alexander offered Mr, Jones! services.

Mr. Alexander then introduced Mr, William &. Hirshson, Executive irector,
Greater Hartford Housin; Jevelopment “und Inc. lir. Hirshson was the guest
speaker anc presented a very interesting impromptu report on his experiences
in the formation and operation of Hartford's Non-profit Housing Vevelopment
Corp. The followins is some of what Mr. Nirshson had to say:


Hartford consists of 18 square miles, has a population of 160,000 and
needs 6,000 low-income dwelling units, of which 5,000 are now substandard.
There are only 90-10. acres of vacant land in the city and few large housing
developments, but many of 16-32 units.

The Greatcr Hartford area consists of 29 separate municipalities or
communities of which only four have approved Workable Prozrams.

The corooration has developed a pre-processed reusuable package for
assistance and guidance of developers. This packase has basic designs for
two and three bedroom units. $2,00C to $3,000 per project is usually
sufficient to test proposed project's practibility.

The corporation has not gone deeply into rehabilitation. It has thus
far rehabilitated two units under 221 d (3) and purchased 12 zroup units.
221 (h) has not been popular because cannot find suitable areas in which to

The Greater Hartford Housing Develonment Func, Inc. is sponsored by the
Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Funds to finance the corvoration were obtained
from 26 of the major firms in the erea in the sum of $1,500,000 ($700,000
in cash and the balance in commitments.) These funds were obtained through
personal solicitationas loans from life insurance companies, banks and major

The corporation is nonprofit, organized to lend seed money on a revolvins
basis anc to provide technical skill on a consulting basic to sponsors of
rental units for low-income families. Efforts however are not limited to
nonprofit organizetions.


After the corporation was organized arrangements were made to borrow
on a maximum line of credit of $700,000, secured by 10 year notes, with
interest up to 6 percent, payable asavailable. Only $350,000 of this amount
has been actually drawn to date. ‘In lieu of interest, surplus is returned
to lenders, as funds are accumulated as authorized by the directors, in
lump sum amounts.


The Housing Jevelopment Fuid, Inc. operates in the capital region
including Hartford and five of the surrounding suburbs. The revolvinz fund
is used primarily for:

1. Seed money loans to other local nonprofit croups.

2. Land banking--accumulating land for future development for low-cost
housing. To be resold at no mark up.

e kehabilitation of larrze homes for larze familics.

- Providing talent and technical assistance to nonprofit groups.

« Assisting in stabilization of neighborhoods.

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Other Activities

The nonprofit development corporation also:

1. Helps to bring in private investors.

2. Helps to place low-income families wishing to buy new homes.

3. Works closely with the Urban itenewal Department.

. Helps pre-qualify below market rates with HA.

5. Assist sponsors in requesting below market allotments for FHA projects.

6. Works with the Chamber of Commerce, City Development Commission and
the State Development Commission. ~

7. Acts as a clearing house for sponsors, builders, and mortgagees with


1. Cuts time lag.

2. Provides reserve funds for sponsors under the rent supplement

3. Provides the missin: vehicle,

h. It does what nobody else is doing.

5. It does not provide all the answers.

Officers of nonprofit organization in Hartford

Principal Loan Officers of five insurance companies.
Principal Loan Officers of two banks.

Two representatives of minority groups.

Chairman of Chamber of Commerce--ix-officio.

1. Interest on loans.
2. Fees charged for services (Usually 2% lst $500,000, 1’3% above
$500,000 and up to $1,000,000 with decreasinz scals above $1,000,000)


1. Pays losses

2. Pays into reserves.

3. Pays intere:;t on loans directors declare interest payment of X number
of dollars periodically as available.

. Pays administrative expenses of Development Corp.


1. Small projects in senttered areas are preferable.
2. Avoid creation of future ghettos by encouraging the construction of
large cevelopments.,

3. Encourage use of two and three bedroom single family homes for
small builders on small sites.

- Try to get as many familics as possible in single family homes and
town house cooperatives.

« Try to keep families in aporoximately same economic groups.

- Disburse funds to other nonprofit organizations only as needed.



l. In Connecticut, the State has a loan fund to supply sced money to
nonprofit sponsors in form of loans and grants.

2. Rehabilitated homes are most suitable for housing large families.

3. Land held in land bank is subject to usual taxes,


Staff consists of two men (Mr. Hirshson, Executive Director, who is the
outside contact mans; and his assistant who is the inside administration man)
and a secretary.


At the conclusion of Mr. Hirshson's talk, Mr. Alexander then introduced
Mr. Tom Lord, Assistant Director Nonprofit Housing Center,Urban America, Inc.,
which organization sponsored and underwrote Mr. ifirshson's trip to itlanta.

Mr. Lore explained that Urban fimerica is a national, nonprofit organization
headquartered in Washington, D.C., anv is dedicated to improving housing for
low-income people in the nation's cities.

The Nonprofit Housing Center of Urban America provides technical assistance
to nonprofit sponsors of lower income housing anc helps communities organize
revolving funds and nonprofit housing development corporations. The Center is
financed by the Ford Foundation, the Episcopal, Methodist, United Presbyterian
and United Church of Christ churches.

Urban America does not ooecrate on a fee basis and always endeavors to
keep local people involved. It, attempts to adapt to local conditions and assist
in bringing public and private interests tozether in a joint action to secure
inprovement in housing for low income people. He also announced that
Mr. W. HW. Gates, Consultant to the Housing %esources Committee, is Urban
America's representative in Atlanta.

Other Items

As time was growing short, Mr. Alexander then asked Mr. Jones to simply pass
out to the members of the Committee (without comment) a self-explanatory report
dated August 9, 1967 (Encl. 1) prepared by the Housing Resources Committee staff
pertaining to the "Preliminary Report (from the Planning vepartment)--Amount
of Vacant Land in the City by Zoning District," dated July 21, 1967. Also
attached was a comparison, prepared by the Housing Resources Committee staff,
between the Analysis by HiC of the Zonin;: Map previously proviced the Hic by
the Plannine Department and the tabulations contained in Ap»endix to July 21
Memorancum from the Planning Jepartment.

Time did not permit detailed considoration anc. discussion in the meetins
of this report which was designed to serve as a basis for conclusions and
recommendations of the Housing sesources Committee for its proposed mec ting
in the near future with the Planning anc Jevelopment Committee of the Board
of Aldermen.

Mr. Alexander then amnounced that the Housins siesources Committee had been
requested by respective developers of three rather large tracts to support
then before the Joint Planning Board and the Zoning Committee of the Boar« of
Aldermen to get those properties re-zoned to A-l. Mr. Alexander called upon
Mr. Jones to explain each site to the Comittee.

Mr. Jones pointed out the locations of the three sites on the map and
explained the proposed development of cach. (Two with plats and tentative
site layouts).

After Mr. Jones! presentation of the three »roposals, Mr, Alexander called
upon Mrs, Xernona Clayton, American Friends Service Committee, for comment
on any of the proposals and whether they woulc complicate the work being done
in the southwest area by SWAP. Mrs. Clayton explained SWAP's purpose and.
operation in the Beacher—Cascade—wWest Gordon Roac and Fairburn Road area south
to Sewell Hoad, She offered no objection to any of the proposed projects.

Site ilo. 1. 51 acre tract north of Brownville Road between Jackson Parkway
and Bolton oad, now zoned M=1, proposed by “hitting-Turner Construction Co. for
Turnkey development for Public Hcusing. This tract has been tentatively approved
by the Housing Authority and HUD and favorable action already recommended by
the Plannings Board. It is scheduled to <o before the Zoning Committee of the
Board of Aldermen in Public Hearing, Au ust 10,

After due consideration and discussion, Mr, Lee Burge moved that the
Housings; .esources Committee endorse this proposal and recommend favorable
action by the Zoning Committee and the Board of Aldermen. The moitsion was
seconced and carried unanimousl;.

Site No. 2. 59 acre tract (eastern »ortion of a | larger tract of 171 acres)
located between Westview Cemetery and Peyton Road S. 1., north of Utoy Creek,
proposed. for development of carefully planned 300 units of town houses under
221 d (3) co-op, by Mr. John A. Hartrampf. (The vroperty is currently zonec
R-3) Mr. Hartramof was asked the price range of units he proposed to build.

He stated that the sin le fanily houses would be in the $15,000 to /25,000 ranre
and payments for the two bedroom town houses would be aporoximately $90 to 4110
per month.

After due consiceration, motion were made by Mr. Lec Burge that the Htc
Committee endorse this proposal and request the Planning Board that it
recommend favorable action on the rezoning petition for this site. The motion
was seconded and carried with uo dce2nting votes.

Site No. 3. 5 acre split tract on both sides of Bankhead Highway §. W.
(10 acres on the north side, just west of Maynard Road, and 35 acres on the south
side) proposed for Turnkey cevelopment for Public Housinz, with 221 da (3) as
an alternate, by HLC and Associates Construction Company of Greensboro,
North Carolina. Zoning is now M-l and M-2.

After ample discussion, Mr. Virgil Milton moved that the Housing Sesources
Committee endorse this proposal and request favorable recommendation by the
Planning Boarda on the rezoning petition for this site, The motion was seconded
and carried unanimously.

As there was insufficient time for other business the Comnittce adjourned
at 12:00 noon.

Respectfully eee eres

Dnckcehrmn nah-~

. ~

Malcolm D. Jonés —~ a nee
Supervisor of oo tion Services

Noucim: R:sourcce Comittee. Maus to Mumbers, BE: cutiv.. diroup, HRC,
wotbed sagzu:t 9, 1967 (with attachments).

Plamiing Depsriment roport to the Fousing 2ccources Committee dated
August 9, 1967.

Six Seminars on Nonprofit Sponsored Housing

awith the Federal
ecenting Six re:

Urban America, incoeper.

Housing Acininistration. is py

gionalsentinars on penprefit sponsored housing, 3:00 a.m.
These seminars are desigesd to acquaint rep-
resentotives ef not-for-orefit crganizations and 9:00 a.m.
plofesstonals workin gwith then with the spe-

cifics of programs available fer sponsoring lower

iprome housing. These Pr esr ums inelude:

VoorP? td)(3)
with ineames in
public housing;


rit at ions f
The market rate of interesi, Sec sction 22 1(d)(3)
Program with rents supol eme ] oy a Federal
rant, designed for families of ow income, and

9:15 a.m.

low market rate of interest program,
2Un\ which e en al oles no onprofit


ves of the

Zin prosrtos for

| y tihat regianal

seminars decerbiae ana discussing these pro-

crams and the manageme pot hansing for lower

ingame families would be of value to not-for-

pt il eo information an these prog 2rams

will be presented by th essfully
lovelopad and are managing a nonprol meas

5 sored project, as well as rep resentatives of FHA

and Urban America.

who have st

Urban America, a national, nonprofit organiza-
tion headquartered in Vashington, D.C., is ded-
icated to improving the quality of life in the
nation’s cities. It represents a merger of the
Action Council for Better Citiesand the American
Planning and Civic Association. The Nonprofit
Housing Center of Urban America provides toch-
nical assistance to not-for-profit sponsors of
lower income housing and helps communities
organize revolving developmient funds and non-
profit housing development corporations. The
center is financed by the Ford Foundation and
the Episcopal, Methodist, United Presbyterian,
and United Church of Christ churches.

12:00 p.m.

> [= are — 7 oe re

Seminar 4 Revion 3 Program
Hotel Dinkler Plaza, Atlanta

Thursday, September 7


Welcoming Rernarks

John M. Longe, Deputy Director
Nonprofit Housing Center
Urban America, Inc.

Edward H. Baxter

Regional Administrator, Department
of Housing and Urban Development
Region 3.

Case Study:

Allen Temple Developments, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

151 Units, Sec. 221(d)(3) Project
1.4 Million Mortgage


Sponsor: Dr. John A. Middleton

Rev. A. D. Powell
Allen Temple A.M.E. Church of
Atlanta, Inc.

Attorney: McCready Johnston
Johnston and-Calhoun

General Contractor: Robert Mclvor
DeSoto Construction Company

Architect: Milton Prassas, A.LA.
Merigagee: James M. Meyerholtz
Trust Company of Georgia

FHA Evaluation & Processing:

Ralph Johnston, Chief Underwriter
Atlanta Office, FHA

Commentator: Harold L. Kramer
Assistant Director
Nonprofit Housing Center

Urban America, Inc.

1:30 pun,

4:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.

Rent Supplenicnt Housing Program
Harold Albrigtit

Assistant Regional Aciministrator for
FHA, HUD Resion 3

John F. Thigpen

Director, Atlanta Insuring Office
Developiient Funds and

Housing Development Corporations
Milton P. Webster, Deputy Director
Nonprofit Housing Center

Urban America, Ine.



Speaker: Haley Sofge

Executive Director

Metropolitan Dade County
Department of Housing and

Urban Development

Miami, Florida

Topic: “The Housing Gap—an
Opportunity for Nonprofit Groups

Friday, September 8

9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

Management of Lower licome

Q.V. Williamson

Q. V. Williamson & Co.
Atlanta, Georgia

Housing and Community Services:
he Bicentennial Story
Larry Krell, Director

The Bicentennial Corporation
St. Louis, Missouri

Project Consultation with
Urban Aiperica and FHA staff

Urban America, Inc.

1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

(202) 265-2224
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