Box 3, Folder 12, Document 3

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Box 3, Folder 12, Document 3

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February 9, 1968 Ke

Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. oP
Mayor of Atlanta y

68 Mitchell Street, S. W.

Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Mayor Allen:

The 1967 Amendments to the Economic tae ae made impo t
changes in the requirements for community action agencies which
conduct local anti-poverty programs under Title II of the Act.

The new amendments give state and local governments the right to
designate the community action agency to serve their areas. The
relevant government may designate the existing CAA as the agency
to carry on the anti-poverty program after July 1, 1968. Alterna-
tively, it may elect to designate itself or another public agency
or private non-profit organization to assume responsibility for
community action programs. As a general matter an existing
community action agency must cease operations by February 1, 1969,
if the second alternative is chosen. In addition, all community
action agencies--both new and old--must satisfy the revised
requirements concerning the composition of the agency's board of
directors by July 1, 1968. By May 1, 1968, existing CAA's must
submit certification that such requirements have been met or that
they will be met prior to July 1, 1968.

The enclosed booklet explains the amendments and the policies,
procedures and application forms which must be followed. It is
important that you familiarize yourself with those policies and
procedures at once, since steps must be taken very quickly if
compliance with the new requirements is not to result in disruption
of vital services to the poor in those communities which already
have community action agencies.

Please note that the state or local government designation of a
community action agency and the accompanying application to OEO for
its recognition should be received by OEO not later than July 1,
1968. Other local governments within the area to be served by the
agency must be notified of the intention to apply at least 45 days
beforehand--that is, not later than May 15, 1968.

In view of this time schedule, I cannot stress too strongly the
need for prompt attention to the enclosed booklet. Copies of the
application forms may be obtained for your use by filling out and
returning the enclosed Notice of Intention to Designate which we
would like to have by March 15, 1968. I urge you to do so as soon
as possible so that we can be of maximum assistance to you. The
name of the OEO official who has immediate responsibility for

your area is listed below. Please feel free to contact him after
you have read the enclosed materials.

> “ZF.

Ralph A. Phelps,
Regional Director


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