Box 22, Folder 17, Document 30

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Box 22, Folder 17, Document 30

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MUS end O50 would invite twenty of the most imteaLecgaabte people in tie
! £icid of housing the poor, to = twoeday conference. The meeting is for
coucultetion aad the public will not be invited, although other Federal ezencies
will scud observers.
The purpose of this conference is to evaluate the feasibility of providing
éa cstimated 3.35 million additional standard housing units within the next five
years, st prices the peor can afford. we are secking from this conference (1)
& sumnation of what we do and do not know about how the poor ara housed, in physical,
economic and social terma; and (2) identification of alternetiva programs or
coupination of programs and hiploscntation strategies, that might make decont
housing available for the 3.5 million poor households that would otherwise encusy
substandard or overcrowded units by 1970,
mora specifically there will be en identification of the obatacles involved
with mounting a total housing program for the poor, and advice on hew to overcoma


these problems. Ismediate and longeranze vesearch and their priority will be


The conference will be centered around five issues:
1. Present housing conditions of the poor. The extent to which rehabilitation

end/or clearance are necded; the costs involved; ca pantry of occupants to


pays; present Locations of subaotandard units; somposition of oncupents by TACa,

2. Technical Issues. The type of housing required, its location and the

. availability of land; architactural end city planning concerns; the technolog-

ical problema and opportunities of a largeescale building and rebuilding
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5 progz ain} the abilitics of existing or proposed institutions (finsuce,

construction, building, dovelonment, govermuent) to implement the programs.

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3. Reenenic Issues, ‘The effect


program: (1) to achieve the contemplated volume in five years, and (2)

who the progyam begins to phase outs the effect om the total housing

a the economy of a multi-billicn dolisr

ndustry and construction costs; the effect on the values and condition of

existing housing and neighborhoods; efficiencies that might result from 4.

veevaluation of the economics of the housing industry; alternative imecas of

financing thea progrems.

4. The Social fssues. The questions of ghecttoizing or decentralizing the


poor and particularly tne nonewhite poor; the supplemental educational,

counseling and backeup scrvices required; the probloms of installing a menns

ao bhoe

toast and establishing priority eriteria} the attitudes of poor end non-poor

to this housing.


5. Program Issues. The types of programs required to meat the cbjfectiv


expansion or redirection of oxieting programs and the invention of new kir
of progranis; the tumber of units to be developad from enca program; the

phasing and the mix of progvase over the Fiveeyear period.



To make this a worticvhile conference, so that all participants are talking

from knowledge of the situation te be deslt with, background papers should b
pressred and distributed in edvance on the first four issues.

Ung twoehour session will be deveted to each of the first four aresg of
conacrn, and a half-day wilt be left fer the Program Issues discussion, Cae
porticipant an cach fteld would outline and chair ezch session. The woderator

each penel vill be expested to subsequently prepare a summary.



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