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The Community Housing Coalition
presented a housing platform yester-
day afternoon outlining their proposal
to tackle "a housing problem which the
city can no longer hide."
At the Ann Arbor Community Center,
Faith Williams, a single black mother
who recently spent several months
looking for affordable housing, testified
that "the city is discriminating against
certain people of low income and social
status" who cannot afford to live within
the city limits.
THE HOUSING Coalition - an
alliance of church organizations, non-
profit agencies, students and com-
munity members - has been meeting
since last June to develop housing
alternatives for low and moderate-,
income citizens.
Rev. Jim Lewis, vicar of the Church
of the Incarnation, a "church without
walls," outlined the three main objec-
tives of the coalition's platform. Calling
for an effort to "mobilize the com-
munity" instead of leaving the problem
to city government, Lewis said the first

'rsday, February '04; 1985
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goal is to maintain and increase Jeff Di
housing opportunities for people of low Union sa
to moderate-incomes for both teni ants "diverse'
and homeowners. The plan also in- is export
cludes provisions to preserve and im-- with chili
prove current housing and to guaravl tee city limit
tenants' rights. the city.t
Highlights of the housing platform in- high-tech
clude establishment of a Housing Tr ust Compat
Fund, development of a low-cost sin gle to a ghet
room occupancy facility in the doN Nn- earners
town area, creation of a city land bar nk, because
restrictions on conversion of exist: ing some h
housing properties, and new rights a ind altogethe
protections for tenants. CHC M
THE MEETING yesterday followe d a housing a
report presented earlier this week by city elect
an Ann Arbor City Counciil task force on The gr
housing problems. The report - issu ied didates'
after a six-month study - indicated mayoral
that Ann Arbor has a shortage of aff or- housing p
dable housing for low and moderate in- They h
come residents. The task force said tihiat field can
nearly one half of Ann A rbor's 20,'737 Max Sv
renter households spend nore than 30 for the T
percent of their monthly income - an mented t
"excessive" amount - on housing for comm
costs. Sweet sa

tz of the Ann Arbor Tenants
id the coalition supports a
" city population but "the city
ting working people, women
dren, and blacks, outside the
s." Ditz said he doesn't want
o become "just a high-income,
ring the outer limits of the city
to, Williams said low-income
were being forced to move
of inadequate housing and
ad to leave Ann Arbor
EMBERS say they will make
major issue for the upcoming
oup plans to hold a public can-
forum to ask council and
candidates to respond to the
ave sent out questionaires to
didates' responses.
weet, a Republican candidate
hird Ward council seat, com-
hat finding adequate housing
nunities is a national problem.
id he is coming to grips with

ng plan
the complexities of the issue and em-
phasized Lewis' point that "the issue
cuts across politics."
"This is a vital issue in the com-
munity," said Sweet, "not only for the
county, state or federal governments,
but for local merchants and community
people as well."
LEWIS MADE a plea to
business to "lighten self-interest," and
to become involved with the problem.
"Students should join community
organizations, outreach programs, and
be a real part of Ann Arbor," said
Williams, who recalled her own com-
munity involvement in the sixties and
seventies when there were fewer
businesses and buildings and more
residential housing.
"Students shouldn't just stay in the
realm of academia," said Williams.
University student Jeff Parsons of
the Public Interest Research Group,
asked how the city might utilize
existing structures for housing to fill
the needs of both students and non-


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serious damage exists."
LEO HEATLEY, the University's
assistant director of public safety,
agreed that there may be a connection
between the six fires.
"Obviously it was set, but you can't
rule out the possibility of somebody just
dropping a cigarette in there," Heatley
we have had more of
these fires lately, so we're finding out if

anybody's been setting them," he ad-
Brockett also said he was "not cer-
tain somebody set the fire - it could
just as easily have been a cigarette."
Ann Arbor Police would not comment
on the possibility of yesterday's fire
being tied to the previous ones. They
continue to operate a 24-hour
anonymous tip line (996-3199) in an ef-
fort to learn more about the fires.

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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Manila hotel fire claims 24
lives, including 4 Americans
MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds of firemen battled into the second night
yesterday, to control a blaze that swept through one of Manila's largest
luxury hotels and killed at least 24 people, including four Americans.
"This is going to take the whole night," said Col. Alfredo Garcia, area fire
superintendent, supervising the hundreds of firemen on the stene.
Twenty-four hours after the fire started on the hotel's second floor, smoke
continued to pour out of upper-floor windows on one wing of the 11-story, 464-
room bayside Regent of Manila hotel.
One fire official, Col. Rodolfo Villavicencio, said the death toll could
double or triple by the time the fire finally was extinguished and the building
was throoughly searched.
The cause of the fire was not yet known, but Villavicencio said it may have
been arson. "To me it looks suspicious because the lateral spread was quick
and the alarm was delayed."
U.S., Soviets to discuss Mid. East
WASHINGTON-The United States and Soviet Union will sit down to
discuss the Middle East next week, but U.S. officials tried yesterday to dam-
pen expectations in advance by insisting they expect no change in Soviet
Nevertheless, the two-day session in Vienna beginning Tuesday represents
an increase in the'dialogue on such troublespots as Afghanistan, southern
Lebanon, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"These talks should not be seen as negotiations," State Department
spokesman Bernard Kalb cautioned after announcing the discussions.
"They are merely an exchange of views," he said. "They do not represent
any change in the U.S. position regarding issues affecting the region, nor do
we expect them to result in changes in Soviet positions."
The U.S. delegation will be led by Richard Murphy, assistant secretary of
state'for the Near East. The Soviet team will be led by Vladimir Polyakov,
who is Murphy's counterpart in the Soviet Foreign Ministry.
Korean party calls for reforms
SEOUL, South Korea-A month-old party that stunned even its leaders by
winning nearly one-fourth of the seats in Parliament said yesterday it will
press President Chun Doo-Hwan for democratic reforms and a peaceful end
to his rule.
KimriDae jung, a dissident leader who returned from two years of exile in
the United States last Friday to encourage the New Korea Democratic Par-
ty, said its success reflects "how great the people's ardent desire for
democracy is."
Chun's Democratic Justice party won 148 of the 276 seats in the National
Assembly. New Korea Democratic Party, whose leaders had hoped for
about 30 seats, took 67-50 in direct voting and 17 more assigned propor-
tionally on the basis of the direct vote.
Moderate opposition groups, which have been criticized for offering only
token resistance to Chun's authoritarian government, lagged far behind. In
the next few months the opposition is expected to discuss forming a unified
January retail sales rise 1.7%
WASHINGTON-Retail sales climbed a healthy 1.7 percent in January af-
ter a disappointing December, with stronger automobile sales making up for
big reverses in department and clothing stores, the Commerce Department
said yesterday.
The sales increase was the strongest since November's revised 1.5 percent
gain despite cold weather that discouraged some shopping in many parts of
the country. Sales were down 1.5 percent in December.
"The trend upward in consumer purchases means further growth in
domestic production and jobs - during the coming year," Commerce
Secretary Malcolm Balorige said.
But many analysts saw more weakness than strength in the report and no
sign the consumer is ready to reignite vigorous economic growth.
Economist Sandra Shaber, of the Chase Econometrics analysis firm, said
January's cold weather "exaggerated how weak consumer demand is." But
even considering the cross currents of cold weather and strong auto sales it
seems clear "ve aren't going to return to a high like the first half of 1964," she said.
Gov't seeks cheaper phone rates
WASHINGTON-The federal government, the world's largest long-
distance telephone customer, started shopping yesterday for $4.2 billion wor-
th of service by opening the bidding process for a contract that will go to
one-and only one-vendor.
The General Services Administration, the government's procurement of-
ficer, asked telephone executives to come up with a plan for replacing the 22-
year-old Federal Telecommunications System, essentially provided by the
Americn Telephone & Telegraph Co.
What the government wants is a one-stop telecommunications company,
operated by a single prime contractor, that can provide and manage a total
system service for 1.3 million government workers for 10 years starting in
Those federal employees and their computers talked long-distance for 1.5
billion minutes last year at a cost of $424 million.
The government wants private industry to design, own and run the long-
distance system and sell nothing but service to Uncle Sam. "We are not in-
terested in setting up a government system," said Frank Carr, assistant
GSA administrator in charge of information resources management.







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