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ERIC Number: ED015973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 31
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CAN FEDERAL PROGRAMS HELP NEGROES LEAVE THE GHETTO.
FRIEDEN, BERNARD J.
THE DECENTRALIZED ADMINISTRATION OF FEDERALLY FUNDED PROJECTS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL HAS TENDED TO REINFORCE SEGREGATION WHEN THE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN MISUSED TO FURTHER LOCAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES. HOWEVER THE NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ANTIPOVERTY EFFORTS REQUIRES THAT THERE BE A REASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO ASSURE THAT THEY ARE BEING USED FOR NONDISCRIMINATORY PURPOSES. FEDERAL URBAN AID PROGRAMS COULD HELP TO OPEN THE SUBURBS TO NEGROES AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES BY OFFERING LARGER EDUCATIONAL GRANTS AND HIGHER FUNDING PRIORITIES TO COMMUNITIES WITH LOW-INCOME NEGRO FAMILIES. ALL THE VARIOUS FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS FOR METROPOLITAN AREA HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COULD MAKE ALLOCATIONS CONTINGENT ON LOCAL COMMITMENTS TO DESEGREGATION. THERE ALSO SHOULD BE A UNIFICATION OF GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS TO INSURE THAT ALL FEDERALLY ASSISTED PROGRAMS INCLUDE NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY GOALS. A FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING LAW SHOULD BE ENACTED WHICH WOULD EQUALIZE ACCESS TO HOUSING AND WOULD STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING LOCAL LAWS. FEDERAL LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROGRAMS SHOULD BE ENLARGED TO INCLUDE SUBSIDIES FOR SUBURBAN HOUSING AND FOR RELOCATION OF FAMILIES DISPLACED BY URBAN RENEWAL. THERE SHOULD BE A MECHANISM FOR NEGOTIATION BETWEEN CENTRAL CITIES AND SUBURBS TO RESOLVE ANY CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. THESE PROPOSALS DO NOT REQUIRE ANY RADICAL CHANGE IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS NOR A TAKEOVER OF LOCAL AUTHORITY. MANY OF THESE STEPS COULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA'S CITIES, SPONSORED BY THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 16-18, 1967. (NH)
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