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Wednesday, May 15, 1974

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~oge Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wedne , May 15, 1974

Model Cities:
Editor's note: The following is the Model Cities, and especially
first in a series o articles asessing its citizens participation com-
the role ritiren priiainJ participation coas
played in the Ann Arbor Model ponent was born out of the riots
Cities program. For a glance at the and Urban turmoil of the middle
present Model Cities structure ano sixties. Some observers argue
programs, see second story on th t
page.that the legislation sprung from
the cvnical belief that citizen
By ERIC SCHOCH participation, even the most
daily News Analysis minimal, would co-opt the na-
After five years of the Model ti"n's blacks and poor so that
Cities program in Ann Arbor, they "won't burn down what
its most unique aspect, citizen they build up.
participation, has for the most
part failed. And there is no sin- OTHERS VIEW the legislation
gle reason for it, or rather, as a sincere attempt by liberals
every observer names at least in the Johnson administration to
ten. attack poverty by giving people
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Citizen controlalls
in the local communities power GEORGE JUNNE, assistant way it is written up in the
to make decisions to help im- director of the Model Cities pro- regulations."
prove their own lives. gram, argues that the city must To the members of the Policy
Whatever the reasoning, it is retain the final power over Board, however, who for the
clear that by May 1974, nearly the program: "If HUD (the two years have had an unfriend-
five and a half years after Ann Department of Housing and Ur- ly relationship with the Model
Arbor received its Model Cities ban Development) gives groups Cities central administration,
grant, the local citizens' partici- money, they want to know who (City Demonstration Agency)
pation unit, the Policy Board, is responsible, because if some- CDA Director Herbert Wingo
has considerably less power and thing happens to the program, and his administrative staff,
more enemies than in February well, the citizens can just go citizen participation means
1969, when it was first created. home. more than just. giving advice.
The basic issue has always "But the, city can't do that,"
been the extent to which the he says. "So if anything hap- ALBERT WHEELER, a long
Policy Board should control the pens to the program, the city is time black activist and Demo-
program. responsible for it. That's the See CITY, Page 9
Local Model Cies program
offers numerous services

The Model Cities Program
was created by Congress in
1966 with the passage of the
Demonstration Cities and Me-
tropolitan Act of 1966 as a uni-
que attempt to combat urban
poverty and decay.
The program was designed as
a five-year experiment in at-
tacking a wide variety of prob-
lems in a specifically designated
Model Neighborhood within each
area receiving a Model Cities
grant. Model Cities funds were
to be distributed to each pro-

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gram as a block, with the in-
dividual program determining
needs and, priorities for its
ONE OF THE more innova-
tive and controversial compon-
ents of the program was the in-
volvement of citizen participa-
tion in the decision-making. In
Ann Arbor, citizen input has
come from the Model Cities Pol-
icy Board whose members are
elected by the residents of the
Model Neighborhood. Not a II
the members of the Policy Board
have to be residents of t h e
Model Neighborhood, however,
which has spawned continuing
charges that the Policy Board
is "not representative" of the
residents of the Model Cities
The final authority and re-
sponsibility for the program
rests with the mayor and City
Council, who are known for the
purposes of the program as the
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The day-to-day operations and
monitoring of the Model Cities
programs and services are un-
der the purview of CDA Direct-
or Herbert Wingo and his ad-
ministrative staff.
THE CDA director is directly
responsible to the city adminis-
tratdr and thus has the s a m e
status as a City Hall depar'ment
Model Cities services are pro-
vided by various independent
agencies within the community,
each having its own separa'c
citizens' board and director.
Each operating agency board
signs a contract with the city
agreeing to carry out the ser-
vices designated oy the Mode:
Cities program.
The central administa:ion
runs two programs out of its
own offices, the Manpower pro-
gram and the Public S-vice
Careers program.
THE MANPOWER program is
a job referral, placement and
counseling service which, ac-
cording to Assistant Director
George Junne, has placed 600
people in jobs in the last two
years. However, it is difficult,
Junne says, to know how many
of them have been Model
Neighborhood residents.
The Public Service .Careers
program is not really a Model
Cities program, but is run with
funds from the Department of
Labor administered by the De-
partment of Housing and Ursan
Development (HUD). Accord-
ing to Wingo, the program at-
See PROGRAM, Page 9

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