Box 3, Folder 6, Document 43

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bec: Mr. Dan Sweat, Jr. :

‘\ Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.

O A 101 Marietea Street Bldg. e Atlanta, Georgia 30303 e Telephone 688-1012
T. M. Parham

Executive Administrator

December 9, 1968

Mr. M. B. Satterfield
Executive Director
Atlanta Housing Authority
824 Hurt Building
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Mr. Satterfield:

We wish to thank you for sending representatives to the meeting of the
Central Citizens Advisory Committee of EOA on November 19. The meeting
was very helpful to us and creating improved understanding of some of
the policies of the Housing Authorities.

At that meeting, representatives of the Regional Office of HUD, Housing
Assistance Section, read to the group from a "circular" dated 3/22/68
which was trarsmitted to local Housing Authorities from Washington HUD
(Mr. Don Hummel) in regard to "social goals for public housing."

Mr. Hummel indicated that as a matter of national policy, urgent and
major social objectives included:

More attention to resident's dignity,
privacy, and personal safety. Special
attention should be given to the elimi-
nation of unnecessary rules and regula-

Leadership to achieve better and more
coordinated social services for project

Increased training and employment of ten-
ants in project management.

The development of equitable systems for
handling grievances.

Greatly expanded participation of tenants
in project management affairs and programs

j designed to strengthen the self-sufficiency
of tenants.

Mr. M. B. Satterfield
Page two
December 9, 1968

Mr. Hummel's directive indicated that national and regional offices of HUD ~
should give attention to these matters, but stated that "it is the local
Housing Authorities who will make the goals a reality. It is they who

mist examine their own operations and make the changes called for by their

He recommended immediate review of the following:

The raising of income limits where they
have substantially fallen behind changes
in the comnunity.

The liberalizing of the definition of income
with the respect to the income of minors.

The adjusting of rental policies and require-
ments for the examination of tenants to mini-
mize the difference between public housing
and normal real estate practices.

The use of the statutory authority to con-
tinue in occupancy an over-income family
when it is unable to find good housing in
a suitable neighborhood.

The liberalizing of regulations limiting
the number of employees who may live ina

The adoption of a simple and equitable

The simplification of rules and regulations.

The provision of adequate meacures for
safety and security of tenants.

The adoption of procedures where tenants,

either individually or in a group, may a
be given a hearing on questions relating to
Authority policies and practices, either in
general, or in relation to an individual or


The upgrading of levels of maintenance and
the appearance of buildings and grounds with
the maximum tenant participation and, where
possible, tenant employmant.

Mr. M. B. Satterfield
Page three
December 9, 1968

Among other things Mr. Hummel also suggested that local Housing Authorities:

Develop a two way communication with
tenants concerning basic policy; afford
the tenants full opportunity to organize,
including the provision of meeting rooms
and access to tenant lists and bulletin

Give residents the opportunity to parti-
cipate in the determination of management
policies and practices, subject to géneral
principles of HAA, such as rental and occu-
pancy policies; rules and regulations;
charges for breakage and damage; eviction
policies, etc.

The Central Citizens Advisory Committee would like to ask what action the
Atlanta Housing Athority has taken or contemplates taking, to comply with
the recommendations of Mr. Hummel. We are especially interested in the

points Listed above and would appreciate a reply, if possible, by December 17,
1968, the date of our next meeting.

Sincerely yours,


—< * — , 1 4 Z d fog
Erwin Stevens; Chairman - “~‘
~ Central Citizens Advisory Committee


cc: Mr. Edward Sterne, Chairman Mr. Frank Ethridge
Ware, Sterne & Griffin Ethridge and Company
636 Trust Company of Georgia Building Suite 100
Atlanta, Georgia 3100 Maple Drive, N. E,

Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. George F. Craft, Vice Chairman

Chairman of the Board of Mr. Jack F. Glenn 4

Trust Company of Georgia Chairman of the Board of

Trust Company of Georgia Building Citizens and Southern National Bank
Atlanta, Georgia 35 Broad Street, N. W.

Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. J. B. Blayton

Mutual Federal Savings and Loan
205 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia

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