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Box 7, Folder 22, Document 2

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  • Text: 4 ‘ THE CITIZENS & SOUTHERN NATIONAL BANK ATLANTA, GA. March 16, 1967 - Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Ivan: You very kindly agreed to talk with the Board of the Commerce Club at their next meeting about the Community Council and its role in the life of the city. You asked me to brief you. Here goes. The letter attached gives you my general feelings as to past accomplishments and future purpose of the Council. At a meeting of leading foundations yesterday and the Council's om Board of Directors today, the position taken in this letter was reaffirmed with one exception. Both grouos felt the Council on its own initia- tive should not be an implementing body in the Future. I very much agree. The implementing role of the Council was one assumed in the past because there was no other place to lodge certain ideas for action. . The principal implementing forces in ovr commnity should be local governments and the Community Chest. The War on Poverty belongs to the local community, not to the Federal Government. It has been working and should continue to work through local groups. Officials of the Community Chest, the War on Poverty and some local governments have spoken out strongly about the need for a professional fact finding and social planning resource for the greater Atlanta area, one that is adequately staffed ta do the job and independent enough to call a spade a spade. This sort of council not only can help get more federal and state money for the city but also by good planning can assume that money spent on pro- grams goes as far as possible. COPY — THE CITIZENS & SOUTHERN NATIONAL BANK ATLANTA, GA. “Mayor Ivan Allen, dr. March 16, 1967 Page Two To keep planning within the control of the local community, basic operating funds for the Community Council should come from loeal rather than federal sources. Officials of the Community Chest in seneral are in agreement with their responsibility for increasing Chest support and for sharing the Council's basic aperating budget with local governments. Local gavernments, which hwo years ago gave no unrestricted funds for the support of the Council, this year are contributing $27,500. This base mist be expanded to include other counties and cities in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A service you could do the community and the Council is to affirm the need for a strong professional planning council and the responsibility of public and private bodies for seeing that the Council is adequately financed to do its basic job. After the base budget is funded, the Counetl rapidly will get in a better position to contract with the city, counties, foundations and other local groups to do special programming and other work. Since I shall be out of town the next couple of weeks, Duane Beek can furnish you other data which you may want before the meeting of the Commerce Club Board. Cordially, * ' James P. Furniss JPF/as Attachment P. S. Some of the places where the city of Atlanta and Community Council have worked most closely together are Listed cn the attached sheet. J. P. F. COPY
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Box 7, Folder 22, Document 1

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  • Text: G* om Pra G8 Pa dey — , | ™\ ss METROPOLITAN ee =_— . mw ht est sana ATLANTA COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC, FULTON-DeKALB-COBB-CLAYTON-GWINNETT COUNTIES 167 WALTON STREET, N.W., BOX 1036 ATLANTA, GA. 30301 / JACKSON 585-3481 October 4, 1967 Mr. Duane W. Beck, Executive Director Comminity Council of Atlanta Area, Incorporated 1000 Glenn Building 120 Marietta Street, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Duane: In response to your letter of September 6, in behalf of the organization's participating in the development of a basis public recreation program for the City of Atlanta, the Community Chest acted favorably upon our participating in this study in making available $2,500 toward the cost of this project. It is our understanding these funds should be used to cover cost of items that could not be provided from the budgets of the participating organizations. We are pleased to note that the Community Council will co-ordinate this activity. The Community Chest, as a major source of operating funds for the Community Council, is also contributing to the "in kind" staff services which the Community Council will be providing. Through the emphasis ofithis study will be on the development of a public recreation plan for the City of Atlanta, we hope that to the extent possible, consideration will be given to the private sector. Sincerely, N. F. Novak, ACSW Director Agency Relations Division NFN/em ¢ ec: Study Participants BRADLEY CURREY, JR. DAKIN B. FERRIS AL B. RICHARDSON ROBERT L. FOREMAN, JR. MONTAGUE Li. BOYD, JR. J. 5. STONE WILLIAM A. PARKER, JR. RICHARD C. HICKS VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT TREASURER ASSISTANT TREAGURER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Box 7, Folder 22, Document 4

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  • Text: ¢ Cormrmusiity Council of the Atianta Area inc. ONE THOUSAND GLENN BUILDING, 120 MARIETTA ST., N. W. ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE 677-2250 _ } a February 15, 1967 r Mr. Boisfeuillet Jones, President | Enily and Ernest Woodzuff Foundation 230 Peachtreo Street, N. WV. Atlanta, Georgi. 29303 Dear Bo: You ead I talked recently about the Community Council, where it has been, where it is soing and what it neods. The Council needs your help now, not to fulfill original wojectives (which it has done in some reasure) but to fit a new role in the conplex and growing society which is Atlanta today. When. establisied in 1960, the Council was given a grant of $50,007 a year for fives years by your Foundation, The Community Chest catched this sum. The goals wore - : “ to Zind solutions to the provlens of pove-cy ~- to coordinate public and private social uo_...cies “ ~ to elininate unproductive agencies through norger - to provide tho Community Chost with a dacision- paking capacity for its fund allocation problems, = At its inception, the Council was looked upon as a 2 social planning and coordinating force for an area that lacked any effective organization of its kind. I remember Couscil Soa bers making speeches at civic clubs, promising all.thinys to all people even before it had a professional executive or ics had a chance to truly measure the dimensions of the job. Scaai Skoucht of social planning as a study of a single social ageacy. Others saw it as a detailed guide for allocating social welfare programs for a ten-year period. Mr. Boisfculllot Jones February 15, 1957 | Although effectiva ina nuxber of areas, the Council spent a good part of the first five years searching for a grip oa social planning and problems that kept shifting and growing. Since 1960, the Council has mot a nuuber of tha founders’ objectives. Others - 4t can moot within the noxt five yoars. Still othors may require difZeront approaches fron originally envisioncd. ‘Let's look at the record. 5 - On the score of tho problems of povorty, the Council: te Experincnted with now ways of delivering sor vices to the poor in West ond, particularly those which would Gelp break the cycle of dependency - Took the lead in planning Econcnie Opportunity Atlanta, Inc. = Supplied tho social Zact - finding and planning aspects of Atlanta's Ccnnunity Inprovenent Progran, on the basis o2 Which it now is helping Atlanta apply for funds under the new liodel Cities denonstration progran - Hos established an information and referral =e - service to help people find agency assistance = Planned the training prozram for EOA aides and is now operating a training program for volun- teers willing to serve in low-income areas ~- Was materially involvad in other efforts such as & work cyvaluction center, jod davolopcent for and placement of older workers, a comunity school prozran, developaent of low-cost housing, lending to businesses in poverty areas and many others. In the area of coordinating public and private social agencies, the Council's efforts have been effective in some cases but failure in others. The Permanent Conference has beea a primary vehicle for the Council in the fields of health, recreation and welfare. Sena of the achiovements have been - Lir. BoisZcuillet Jones February 15, 1£57 , 3. ™e ~ Establishment of a $225,000 Hospital and Health , Planning unit 23 a regular Comecil activity . = Spade work for a comprehensive mental health ; progres) for Atlanta = Assistance to tho Mayor's Commission in its organization to combat Crime and Juvenlie Delinquency . ~ Assistance in setting up Euory's Comittee on Chronic Alcoholisn On elimination of unproductive. agencies throuch merger, the Council's score is low for reasons outlined later in this lotter. It was involved in the merger of agencies serving the blind aad did devise a way to coordinate services for the eldorly (Senior * Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta). Also, the Council's broad role has resulted in a number of agencies asking for consul- tation about their fields to avoid or to recomine duplications. A nusaber o2 proposed agencies were investigated by the Council, some of which never got organized when the promoters saw they would be involving themselves in Zields which were adequately covered. On tho score of roviding the Community Chest with decision- maokine capacity for fund allocation problems, the Council has not yet done the job. A major difficulty here has been that some persons tend to oversimplify tha task, expecting the Council can do & conscientious, good job with a stazf that is woefully inadequato in nimbder and background information. The consmunity as a waole needs more invoxruation on the basis of which to make better decisions than it has in the social field, ae A start was zade with the Council's "Background for Decision Making," a delineation of major social welfare programs in Atlanta used by the Comaunity Caest Budget Comaitteo. The Chest also has had in nand for some tine a Council proposal for an in-depth study of recreation in Atlanta as the first of a conprehensive series of studies in the social wolfare and recreation areas. Still, this is the area where the Council can be faulted most by Council Zounders -and particularly Chest mexbers who Cesperately want decision-making © he eee ~——, i Mr. Boisfeuillet Jones | os February 15, 1957. aS : a . Ae help. With perspective gained from six years with the Council, I feel the Council can and nust help the community nake better decisions but only under differont conditions from those in waich the Council has been operating. Today, the Council's role is a changed one. It should bo looked to for some of the same things envisioned by the founders. thers should be sought elsewvhorg, Still others which can emanate froa the Council may have beea only dimly envisioned seven years ago. This change in role is the product of chances in Atlanta, in society and in the experience of those of us who have grappled with tha Coun cii's mission since the beginning. As backcround for understanding the Council's new role, let ne cite sono opinions. Tho Federal Government today is pouring mousy into the social wolfare field. Though checked some recently by Conzress, this trend - ean be expected to continus. To justify this shower of money, Federal agencies must insist on plans against which results nay be evaluated. In most coxmunities, there are no effective local planainz units, encouraging Fedoral agencies to do thoir own planning rather than rely~ ing on local zroups. Even if there wore efZective local planning unita, each agency must do some of its own planning or be derelict. If Atlanta's own citisens are to have a real voice in hov this of Federal money is to be spcnt in their own commumity, they need effective mediums Zor wxpression. Our elected representatives are one mediun, The Council can be another—one throuzh waich Adlanta leaders can dis- cover the social facts about their community ant have a say cs to the type of programs they will or will not supzort. In some senso, the Council has played this role but not to the deprea that it can or should. The Council, then, must first be a source of information. Its . Social Research Center is the key to any other effectiveness the Council may have. It must build up a bank of timely and reliable information, as well as techniques for ceotting other inforzation quickly when neoded, This sort of community resource is vital to federal, state and local governments, to public and private agencies, to foundations and to an * informed public. Part of the jod here is not waly gathering the infor mation but disseminating it in useful Zorm, a job which the Council has not done adequately up to this time. .facts of a probdlen, such as it now does throuck Mr. Boisfeulllot Jones ' ; February 15, 1967 | ; 5, Second, the Council must be the vehicle throuch which Atlanta eitizens can begin to do their own comunity planning. A major and difficult task ahead is what some describe as developing o conspectus of Atlanta's social welfare needs, an overview or a sketch sinilar to that produced by physical planning groups. Without it, the city may continue to ameliorate symptoms, mistaking thea for causes of some of our most pressing needs. Thus the Council beesmes not only the planner'’s planner but a planning organization in its own right. It can and must abate a common misconception that planning a progran for an individual agency is comprehensive social planning Third, the Council must take the initiative in seeing that plans are discussed and implemented. Since it is not a funding body, it must be able to speak with a voice that is respected by those who dispense funds to public and private agencies s ins our comunity. It must use the technicue of exposing egencies and others to tho the Permanent Confer- ence 2nd as it intends to do with businessmen on the subject of unemployment. Anc finally, it must be a consultive, evaluation and pro ran development source for agencics and others. Ii is this last servico which many in the community socom to want nest from the Council and which, uncer its present organization a fucding, it is least capable of doings without divertinz stafi from the first three. nd without the first three jobs under coatrol,-. the Council is not capable of doing the kind of work which the comnumity shouid demand of it. Today, the Council is underfunded to do its basic jobs—Zact- finding, fact dissemination and planning. We have estimated t they would require about $200,009 a year invested in a core staii primarily. devoted to thoss purpeses. LEaving a core stazz, the Council then would be in position to teke on the job of consulting, evaluation and program development for fees which vould pay for the eit start requirod and attendant overhead. The sta2f, wmder this arrangenent, would be large enough to give the Council flexibility. It now does not have this mancuverability when it must divert someone fron a basic job to do 4 special jod Which may or may tot be consistent wit the cors job. We have had to do more and more of these special ska because they have given the Council a means of contracting for work which in turn hes meant income needed just to keep the core staff together. This vicious circle in tho long run will lead to the destruction of the Council as an effective agency. Mr. BoisZoulllet Jones February 15, 1987 3 6. Right now, the Council needs rolie? fron chasing special agsionucnts that produce income. It needs to have at least two yearso—preferably throe—during which it can ~ Got the core job well underway without diverting personnel to other work = "~ Broaden financial support from Chest and local G0vernnent sources for its core work “ Add staff and capacity to take on the special jobs which so uany agencies and porsons want the Council to do now, but only add people as the level of funded work would justify -~ Build a much stronger base of understanding and support through the involvement of a more varied and intorested Bearéi of Directors. ~ a These directors whea oereente to serve nust agree to take on active assiznzents a3 well as set policy - Involve younser persons fron all parta of the community in Council work, ecesy serving as a source of future Council directors. Bo, wa need the help of you and your Foundation now. We need your advice, assistance, influence and we need monsy which I don't 6ee coming from any other source in the community with the speed or in the quantity needed if the Council is goings to go forward fron its preseat plateau, . Because of my involyeront in Jamaica, I'm asking Duane to get with you at the earliest opportunity to settle on what you think should be our next step in working out those thinzs which the Council needs so very much now. Best eserds , ipeee “Gab P. Furniss é P, S. Am sending a copy of this ‘ to Billy Sterne who has azreed to help on the nominations to the Council Board this year.
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Box 7, Folder 22, Document 7

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  • Text: =! pe z cl Mh brligers | and alder) Vhiondl Bonk, Werte, Goreia 30302 December 28, 1966 JAMES P. FURNISS VICE PRESIDENT Mayor Ivan Allen City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Ivan: The other day, the Community Council and certain outsiders listened to EOA's discussion of a proposed corporation in the Summerhill=-Mechaniecsville area. Purpose of the corporation would be to provide employment for adult semi-skilled and unskilled workers in the demolition, cleaning and boarding up of substandard housing and properties. Those attending had several observations, one of which was that a new corporation of this sort with untested leadership would have difficulty making a go of this venture if it had to bid in the open market for demolition work. There was a hope that the city of Atlanta might be able to direct contracts to the group at a negotiated price. I'd like to urge your consideration of this idea. Never- theless, I feel the city could do a lot to help make a corporation of this sort successful if it put certain strings on its willing- ness to negotiate. The sort of strings I have in mind are that a negotiating group would indicate to your satisfaction that it was properly set up with reasonably experienced management, that it would have to operate within a pricing structure fair to the city and that the city would have assurance that the work would be done well. Among the outside observers at the Council meeting were a couple of men from our bank who were attempting to appraise EOA's lending and development program for small business. Due to EOA Mayor Ivan Allen December 28, 1966 Page Two cutbacks in funds, both these programs have been transferred out of EOA to the Small Business Administration. We were wondering if there were a place where private enterprise could step in and take over some of the functions which government had been asked to do. As bankers, my two associates and I saw some potential merit in this particular application. Compared with some of the loans which we have made, this one might be shaped into something which could be handled provided the whole enterprise were set up right in the first place. The advantage to the city would be to create a new way in which people in poverty areas could gain useful work as they built an organizationwhich ultimately could compete in the open market for business. It would be a fairly dramatic way of demonstrating that because one is poor does not necessarily rule out economic opportunity. In thinking about this particular proposed company, it would be helpful to know if the city would entertain a negotiated price for some of this demolition and repair work. Cordially, | ) James P. tL? JPF/as
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Box 7, Folder 22, Document 5

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  • Text: March 15, 1967 Mr. A. H. Sterne, Chairman Nominating Committee Community Council of the Atlanta Area One Thousand Glenn Building 120 Marietta Street, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Billy: I should like to again appoint Dan Sweat as the City of Atlanta representative on the Board of the Community Council of the Atlanta Areaginc. Sincerely yours, Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor IAJrilp Cc: Mr. Dan Sweat
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Box 7, Folder 22, Document 3

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  • Text: THE CiTIZENS & SOUTHERN NATIONAL BANK ATLANTA, GA. CITY OF ATLANTA += COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2.087 Principal Areas of Collahoration l. Design of the ‘Anti-voverty" Program applicetion 2. Social Resources Study wnder C. I. P. 3. Assistance in ceveloping Model Cities application %. Revision of “Federal Aids Programs - Atlanta” 5. Chronic alcsholism ~-- planning COPY
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Box 7, Folder 22, Complete Folder

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  • Text: G* om Pra G8 Pa dey — , | ™\ ss METROPOLITAN ee =_— . mw ht est sana ATLANTA COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC, FULTON-DeKALB-COBB-CLAYTON-GWINNETT COUNTIES 167 WALTON STREET, N.W., BOX 1036 ATLANTA, GA. 30301 / JACKSON 585-3481 October 4, 1967 Mr. Duane W. Beck, Executive Director Comminity Council of Atlanta Area, Incorporated 1000 Glenn Building 120 Marietta Street, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Duane: In response to your letter of September 6, in behalf of the organization's participating in the development of a basis public recreation program for the City of Atlanta, the Community Chest acted favorably upon our participating in this study in making available $2,500 toward the cost of this project. It is our understanding these funds should be used to cover cost of items that could not be provided from the budgets of the participating organizations. We are pleased to note that the Community Council will co-ordinate this activity. The Community Chest, as a major source of operating funds for the Community Council, is also contributing to the "in kind" staff services which the Community Council will be providing. Through the emphasis ofithis study will be on the development of a public recreation plan for the City of Atlanta, we hope that to the extent possible, consideration will be given to the private sector. Sincerely, N. F. Novak, ACSW Director Agency Relations Division NFN/em ¢ ec: Study Participants BRADLEY CURREY, JR. DAKIN B. FERRIS AL B. RICHARDSON ROBERT L. FOREMAN, JR. MONTAGUE Li. BOYD, JR. J. 5. STONE WILLIAM A. PARKER, JR. RICHARD C. HICKS VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT VICE-PRESIDENT TREASURER ASSISTANT TREAGURER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 4 ‘ THE CITIZENS & SOUTHERN NATIONAL BANK ATLANTA, GA. March 16, 1967 - Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Ivan: You very kindly agreed to talk with the Board of the Commerce Club at their next meeting about the Community Council and its role in the life of the city. You asked me to brief you. Here goes. The letter attached gives you my general feelings as to past accomplishments and future purpose of the Council. At a meeting of leading foundations yesterday and the Council's om Board of Directors today, the position taken in this letter was reaffirmed with one exception. Both grouos felt the Council on its own initia- tive should not be an implementing body in the Future. I very much agree. The implementing role of the Council was one assumed in the past because there was no other place to lodge certain ideas for action. . The principal implementing forces in ovr commnity should be local governments and the Community Chest. The War on Poverty belongs to the local community, not to the Federal Government. It has been working and should continue to work through local groups. Officials of the Community Chest, the War on Poverty and some local governments have spoken out strongly about the need for a professional fact finding and social planning resource for the greater Atlanta area, one that is adequately staffed ta do the job and independent enough to call a spade a spade. This sort of council not only can help get more federal and state money for the city but also by good planning can assume that money spent on pro- grams goes as far as possible. COPY — THE CITIZENS & SOUTHERN NATIONAL BANK ATLANTA, GA. “Mayor Ivan Allen, dr. March 16, 1967 Page Two To keep planning within the control of the local community, basic operating funds for the Community Council should come from loeal rather than federal sources. Officials of the Community Chest in seneral are in agreement with their responsibility for increasing Chest support and for sharing the Council's basic aperating budget with local governments. Local gavernments, which hwo years ago gave no unrestricted funds for the support of the Council, this year are contributing $27,500. This base mist be expanded to include other counties and cities in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A service you could do the community and the Council is to affirm the need for a strong professional planning council and the responsibility of public and private bodies for seeing that the Council is adequately financed to do its basic job. After the base budget is funded, the Counetl rapidly will get in a better position to contract with the city, counties, foundations and other local groups to do special programming and other work. Since I shall be out of town the next couple of weeks, Duane Beek can furnish you other data which you may want before the meeting of the Commerce Club Board. Cordially, * ' James P. Furniss JPF/as Attachment P. S. Some of the places where the city of Atlanta and Community Council have worked most closely together are Listed cn the attached sheet. J. P. F. COPY THE CiTIZENS & SOUTHERN NATIONAL BANK ATLANTA, GA. CITY OF ATLANTA += COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2.087 Principal Areas of Collahoration l. Design of the ‘Anti-voverty" Program applicetion 2. Social Resources Study wnder C. I. P. 3. Assistance in ceveloping Model Cities application %. Revision of “Federal Aids Programs - Atlanta” 5. Chronic alcsholism ~-- planning COPY ¢ Cormrmusiity Council of the Atianta Area inc. ONE THOUSAND GLENN BUILDING, 120 MARIETTA ST., N. W. ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE 677-2250 _ } a February 15, 1967 r Mr. Boisfeuillet Jones, President | Enily and Ernest Woodzuff Foundation 230 Peachtreo Street, N. WV. Atlanta, Georgi. 29303 Dear Bo: You ead I talked recently about the Community Council, where it has been, where it is soing and what it neods. The Council needs your help now, not to fulfill original wojectives (which it has done in some reasure) but to fit a new role in the conplex and growing society which is Atlanta today. When. establisied in 1960, the Council was given a grant of $50,007 a year for fives years by your Foundation, The Community Chest catched this sum. The goals wore - : “ to Zind solutions to the provlens of pove-cy ~- to coordinate public and private social uo_...cies “ ~ to elininate unproductive agencies through norger - to provide tho Community Chost with a dacision- paking capacity for its fund allocation problems, = At its inception, the Council was looked upon as a 2 social planning and coordinating force for an area that lacked any effective organization of its kind. I remember Couscil Soa bers making speeches at civic clubs, promising all.thinys to all people even before it had a professional executive or ics had a chance to truly measure the dimensions of the job. Scaai Skoucht of social planning as a study of a single social ageacy. Others saw it as a detailed guide for allocating social welfare programs for a ten-year period. Mr. Boisfculllot Jones February 15, 1957 | Although effectiva ina nuxber of areas, the Council spent a good part of the first five years searching for a grip oa social planning and problems that kept shifting and growing. Since 1960, the Council has mot a nuuber of tha founders’ objectives. Others - 4t can moot within the noxt five yoars. Still othors may require difZeront approaches fron originally envisioncd. ‘Let's look at the record. 5 - On the score of tho problems of povorty, the Council: te Experincnted with now ways of delivering sor vices to the poor in West ond, particularly those which would Gelp break the cycle of dependency - Took the lead in planning Econcnie Opportunity Atlanta, Inc. = Supplied tho social Zact - finding and planning aspects of Atlanta's Ccnnunity Inprovenent Progran, on the basis o2 Which it now is helping Atlanta apply for funds under the new liodel Cities denonstration progran - Hos established an information and referral =e - service to help people find agency assistance = Planned the training prozram for EOA aides and is now operating a training program for volun- teers willing to serve in low-income areas ~- Was materially involvad in other efforts such as & work cyvaluction center, jod davolopcent for and placement of older workers, a comunity school prozran, developaent of low-cost housing, lending to businesses in poverty areas and many others. In the area of coordinating public and private social agencies, the Council's efforts have been effective in some cases but failure in others. The Permanent Conference has beea a primary vehicle for the Council in the fields of health, recreation and welfare. Sena of the achiovements have been - Lir. BoisZcuillet Jones February 15, 1£57 , 3. ™e ~ Establishment of a $225,000 Hospital and Health , Planning unit 23 a regular Comecil activity . = Spade work for a comprehensive mental health ; progres) for Atlanta = Assistance to tho Mayor's Commission in its organization to combat Crime and Juvenlie Delinquency . ~ Assistance in setting up Euory's Comittee on Chronic Alcoholisn On elimination of unproductive. agencies throuch merger, the Council's score is low for reasons outlined later in this lotter. It was involved in the merger of agencies serving the blind aad did devise a way to coordinate services for the eldorly (Senior * Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta). Also, the Council's broad role has resulted in a number of agencies asking for consul- tation about their fields to avoid or to recomine duplications. A nusaber o2 proposed agencies were investigated by the Council, some of which never got organized when the promoters saw they would be involving themselves in Zields which were adequately covered. On tho score of roviding the Community Chest with decision- maokine capacity for fund allocation problems, the Council has not yet done the job. A major difficulty here has been that some persons tend to oversimplify tha task, expecting the Council can do & conscientious, good job with a stazf that is woefully inadequato in nimbder and background information. The consmunity as a waole needs more invoxruation on the basis of which to make better decisions than it has in the social field, ae A start was zade with the Council's "Background for Decision Making," a delineation of major social welfare programs in Atlanta used by the Comaunity Caest Budget Comaitteo. The Chest also has had in nand for some tine a Council proposal for an in-depth study of recreation in Atlanta as the first of a conprehensive series of studies in the social wolfare and recreation areas. Still, this is the area where the Council can be faulted most by Council Zounders -and particularly Chest mexbers who Cesperately want decision-making © he eee ~——, i Mr. Boisfeuillet Jones | os February 15, 1957. aS : a . Ae help. With perspective gained from six years with the Council, I feel the Council can and nust help the community nake better decisions but only under differont conditions from those in waich the Council has been operating. Today, the Council's role is a changed one. It should bo looked to for some of the same things envisioned by the founders. thers should be sought elsewvhorg, Still others which can emanate froa the Council may have beea only dimly envisioned seven years ago. This change in role is the product of chances in Atlanta, in society and in the experience of those of us who have grappled with tha Coun cii's mission since the beginning. As backcround for understanding the Council's new role, let ne cite sono opinions. Tho Federal Government today is pouring mousy into the social wolfare field. Though checked some recently by Conzress, this trend - ean be expected to continus. To justify this shower of money, Federal agencies must insist on plans against which results nay be evaluated. In most coxmunities, there are no effective local planainz units, encouraging Fedoral agencies to do thoir own planning rather than rely~ ing on local zroups. Even if there wore efZective local planning unita, each agency must do some of its own planning or be derelict. If Atlanta's own citisens are to have a real voice in hov this of Federal money is to be spcnt in their own commumity, they need effective mediums Zor wxpression. Our elected representatives are one mediun, The Council can be another—one throuzh waich Adlanta leaders can dis- cover the social facts about their community ant have a say cs to the type of programs they will or will not supzort. In some senso, the Council has played this role but not to the deprea that it can or should. The Council, then, must first be a source of information. Its . Social Research Center is the key to any other effectiveness the Council may have. It must build up a bank of timely and reliable information, as well as techniques for ceotting other inforzation quickly when neoded, This sort of community resource is vital to federal, state and local governments, to public and private agencies, to foundations and to an * informed public. Part of the jod here is not waly gathering the infor mation but disseminating it in useful Zorm, a job which the Council has not done adequately up to this time. .facts of a probdlen, such as it now does throuck Mr. Boisfeulllot Jones ' ; February 15, 1967 | ; 5, Second, the Council must be the vehicle throuch which Atlanta eitizens can begin to do their own comunity planning. A major and difficult task ahead is what some describe as developing o conspectus of Atlanta's social welfare needs, an overview or a sketch sinilar to that produced by physical planning groups. Without it, the city may continue to ameliorate symptoms, mistaking thea for causes of some of our most pressing needs. Thus the Council beesmes not only the planner'’s planner but a planning organization in its own right. It can and must abate a common misconception that planning a progran for an individual agency is comprehensive social planning Third, the Council must take the initiative in seeing that plans are discussed and implemented. Since it is not a funding body, it must be able to speak with a voice that is respected by those who dispense funds to public and private agencies s ins our comunity. It must use the technicue of exposing egencies and others to tho the Permanent Confer- ence 2nd as it intends to do with businessmen on the subject of unemployment. Anc finally, it must be a consultive, evaluation and pro ran development source for agencics and others. Ii is this last servico which many in the community socom to want nest from the Council and which, uncer its present organization a fucding, it is least capable of doings without divertinz stafi from the first three. nd without the first three jobs under coatrol,-. the Council is not capable of doing the kind of work which the comnumity shouid demand of it. Today, the Council is underfunded to do its basic jobs—Zact- finding, fact dissemination and planning. We have estimated t they would require about $200,009 a year invested in a core staii primarily. devoted to thoss purpeses. LEaving a core stazz, the Council then would be in position to teke on the job of consulting, evaluation and program development for fees which vould pay for the eit start requirod and attendant overhead. The sta2f, wmder this arrangenent, would be large enough to give the Council flexibility. It now does not have this mancuverability when it must divert someone fron a basic job to do 4 special jod Which may or may tot be consistent wit the cors job. We have had to do more and more of these special ska because they have given the Council a means of contracting for work which in turn hes meant income needed just to keep the core staff together. This vicious circle in tho long run will lead to the destruction of the Council as an effective agency. Mr. BoisZoulllet Jones February 15, 1987 3 6. Right now, the Council needs rolie? fron chasing special agsionucnts that produce income. It needs to have at least two yearso—preferably throe—during which it can ~ Got the core job well underway without diverting personnel to other work = "~ Broaden financial support from Chest and local G0vernnent sources for its core work “ Add staff and capacity to take on the special jobs which so uany agencies and porsons want the Council to do now, but only add people as the level of funded work would justify -~ Build a much stronger base of understanding and support through the involvement of a more varied and intorested Bearéi of Directors. ~ a These directors whea oereente to serve nust agree to take on active assiznzents a3 well as set policy - Involve younser persons fron all parta of the community in Council work, ecesy serving as a source of future Council directors. Bo, wa need the help of you and your Foundation now. We need your advice, assistance, influence and we need monsy which I don't 6ee coming from any other source in the community with the speed or in the quantity needed if the Council is goings to go forward fron its preseat plateau, . Because of my involyeront in Jamaica, I'm asking Duane to get with you at the earliest opportunity to settle on what you think should be our next step in working out those thinzs which the Council needs so very much now. Best eserds , ipeee “Gab P. Furniss é P, S. Am sending a copy of this ‘ to Billy Sterne who has azreed to help on the nominations to the Council Board this year. March 15, 1967 Mr. A. H. Sterne, Chairman Nominating Committee Community Council of the Atlanta Area One Thousand Glenn Building 120 Marietta Street, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Billy: I should like to again appoint Dan Sweat as the City of Atlanta representative on the Board of the Community Council of the Atlanta Areaginc. Sincerely yours, Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor IAJrilp Cc: Mr. Dan Sweat JAMES P. FURNISS, Chairman of the Board of Directors e Community CECIL ALEXANDER, lice Chairman . MRS. RHODES L. PERDUE, Secrerars Council of the ae Atlanta 4area inc. DUANE W ERO, Execume Dieeoroe ONE THOUSAND GLENN BUILDING, 120 MARIETTA ST., N. W. ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE 577-2250 March 6, 1967 Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Ivan: I've agreed to serve as Chairman of the Council's Nominating Committee. Last year, the bylaws were changed so that the financially supporting local governmental bodies could appoint a representative to the Council Board. You appointed Dan Sweat, and he is a good man. Do you wish to reappoint him for 1967-68? If so, we need a note to that effect. Best regards. Sincerely, % A. H. St e Chairman Nominating Committee me AHS: j Cecil Alexander Luther Alverson Edward H. Boxter Tully T. Blalock, M. BD. Joseph C. Bransby Mrs. William R. Bridges Nopier Burson, Jr, M. DBD W. L. Calloway Campbell Dasher James H. Aldredge, Sr- J. G. Bradbury J, V. Carmichaal R. Howard Dobbs, Jr Edwin |. Hatch Cleveland Dennard Herbert J, Dickson Jomes P. Furniss Mrs. Thomas H. Gibson Elliott Goldstein George E, Goodwin J. Winston Huff Joseph W. Jones Vernon E. Jordon Boisfeuillet Jones Milis B. Lane, Jr. Lucien E. Oliver W. A. Parker, Sr W. A. Pulver BOARD OF DIRECTORS Albert Love Mrs. Louis Montag T. F. Morrow A. B. Padgett Mrs. Rhodes L. Perdue William |, Roy Al B. Richardson E. L. Simran James M. Sibley ADVISORY BOARD Richord H. Rich James D. Robinson, Jr. John A. Sibley Carl N. Singer Lee Talley Hughes Spalding, Jr Fred R. Stair, Jr, D. D. A. HL Sterne Don E. Sweat, Jr Marton L. Weiss John iC. Wilson Asa G, Yancey, M. DB. Clayton R. Yates Elbert P_ Tuttle Preston Upshaw William C. Wardlaw, Jr. George W_ Woodruff =! pe z cl Mh brligers | and alder) Vhiondl Bonk, Werte, Goreia 30302 December 28, 1966 JAMES P. FURNISS VICE PRESIDENT Mayor Ivan Allen City Hall Atlanta, Georgia Dear Ivan: The other day, the Community Council and certain outsiders listened to EOA's discussion of a proposed corporation in the Summerhill=-Mechaniecsville area. Purpose of the corporation would be to provide employment for adult semi-skilled and unskilled workers in the demolition, cleaning and boarding up of substandard housing and properties. Those attending had several observations, one of which was that a new corporation of this sort with untested leadership would have difficulty making a go of this venture if it had to bid in the open market for demolition work. There was a hope that the city of Atlanta might be able to direct contracts to the group at a negotiated price. I'd like to urge your consideration of this idea. Never- theless, I feel the city could do a lot to help make a corporation of this sort successful if it put certain strings on its willing- ness to negotiate. The sort of strings I have in mind are that a negotiating group would indicate to your satisfaction that it was properly set up with reasonably experienced management, that it would have to operate within a pricing structure fair to the city and that the city would have assurance that the work would be done well. Among the outside observers at the Council meeting were a couple of men from our bank who were attempting to appraise EOA's lending and development program for small business. Due to EOA Mayor Ivan Allen December 28, 1966 Page Two cutbacks in funds, both these programs have been transferred out of EOA to the Small Business Administration. We were wondering if there were a place where private enterprise could step in and take over some of the functions which government had been asked to do. As bankers, my two associates and I saw some potential merit in this particular application. Compared with some of the loans which we have made, this one might be shaped into something which could be handled provided the whole enterprise were set up right in the first place. The advantage to the city would be to create a new way in which people in poverty areas could gain useful work as they built an organizationwhich ultimately could compete in the open market for business. It would be a fairly dramatic way of demonstrating that because one is poor does not necessarily rule out economic opportunity. In thinking about this particular proposed company, it would be helpful to know if the city would entertain a negotiated price for some of this demolition and repair work. Cordially, | ) James P. tL? JPF/as
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  • Text: JAMES P. FURNISS, Chairman of the Board of Directors e Community CECIL ALEXANDER, lice Chairman . MRS. RHODES L. PERDUE, Secrerars Council of the ae Atlanta 4area inc. DUANE W ERO, Execume Dieeoroe ONE THOUSAND GLENN BUILDING, 120 MARIETTA ST., N. W. ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303 TELEPHONE 577-2250 March 6, 1967 Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Ivan: I've agreed to serve as Chairman of the Council's Nominating Committee. Last year, the bylaws were changed so that the financially supporting local governmental bodies could appoint a representative to the Council Board. You appointed Dan Sweat, and he is a good man. Do you wish to reappoint him for 1967-68? If so, we need a note to that effect. Best regards. Sincerely, % A. H. St e Chairman Nominating Committee me AHS: j Cecil Alexander Luther Alverson Edward H. Boxter Tully T. Blalock, M. BD. Joseph C. Bransby Mrs. William R. Bridges Nopier Burson, Jr, M. DBD W. L. Calloway Campbell Dasher James H. Aldredge, Sr- J. G. Bradbury J, V. Carmichaal R. Howard Dobbs, Jr Edwin |. Hatch Cleveland Dennard Herbert J, Dickson Jomes P. Furniss Mrs. Thomas H. Gibson Elliott Goldstein George E, Goodwin J. Winston Huff Joseph W. Jones Vernon E. Jordon Boisfeuillet Jones Milis B. Lane, Jr. Lucien E. Oliver W. A. Parker, Sr W. A. Pulver BOARD OF DIRECTORS Albert Love Mrs. Louis Montag T. F. Morrow A. B. Padgett Mrs. Rhodes L. Perdue William |, Roy Al B. Richardson E. L. Simran James M. Sibley ADVISORY BOARD Richord H. Rich James D. Robinson, Jr. John A. Sibley Carl N. Singer Lee Talley Hughes Spalding, Jr Fred R. Stair, Jr, D. D. A. HL Sterne Don E. Sweat, Jr Marton L. Weiss John iC. Wilson Asa G, Yancey, M. DB. Clayton R. Yates Elbert P_ Tuttle Preston Upshaw William C. Wardlaw, Jr. George W_ Woodruff
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