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SLEEPING QUARTERS —These shacks are used for sleeping quarters in Alex
andria’s Negro section. Any place that has a window is used by someone to
sleep in, a Negro minister said.—Star Staff Photo
3,000 Negroes Jam
Alexandria Slums
An estimated 3,000 of Alexandria’s 8,500 Negroes are living
in crowded, dilapidated dwellings.
Officials say low-rent housing for Negroes is one of the city's
most pressing needs.
“Any place you see a window, you will find people sleeping,”
said the Rev. N. Howard Stanton, on a tour of the colored areas.
John Y. Kerr, executive director of the Alexandria Redevel-
opment and Housing Authority,
which owns 1,201 low-rent hous
ing units for white and colored
tenants, said there hasn’t been
100 houses built in Alexandria
for Negro occupancy in the past
15 years.
The housing authority operates
four low-rent projects for Ne
groes but these are far from be
ing adequate. Most of the Negro
dwellings outside these 438 units
are substandard and bursting
with tenants.
A block off Washington street,
the city’s main east-west high
way, is a six-room house with
22 permanent residents, includ
ing eight children. There is one
bath and one kitchen.
Not many houses away is an
other ramshackle dwelling with
11 children and four adults
sleeping two and three to a
Sleeping Space at Premium
"They hare to sleep every
where—anywhere they can lay
a mattress," said Mr. Stanton,
one of the city’s Negro leaders.
He pointed to one row in which
four houses are owned by one
person. "The owner paid 81,200
for them and you can't rent any
for less than 880.” he said.
“Over there you can rent a
bed for an hour—that’s how the
rent is paid. In the next one is
a bootlegger.
"Many of our people resort to
•rent parties’ to raise the month
ly payment. They sell pigs feet
and chitlings, and sometimes
liquor. It’s a struggle for ex
istence and it causes some of
them to be dishonest.
"What we need is really low
rent bouses. 840 to 865 a month.”
he said. “Until we have it, there’s
going to be crime, disease and
The fly-covered body of a dead
dog lay at the entrance to an
alley where there have been a
murder and numerous cuttings
In the past several months.
A little further on were two
hovels which are used as sleep
ing quarters by several men. An
old man sat at the entrance to
the shack he called home, an
outbuilding behind a dilapidated
A. Clarke Slaymaker, chief
sanitarian for the Health De
partment. told of one business
place where the owner parti
tioned the basement into cubl
cles. He had eight families living
in it. a family to each cubicle.
Mr. Slaymaker said.
"We never could get an accu
rate count on how many people
lived in there," Mr. Slaymaker
said. He said the owner Anally
died and the place was cleaned
out. But, Mr. Stanton said the
basement has again become liv
ing quarters for several families.
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Mrs. Mary Cook Hackman, editor of the Arlington Citlsen and a civic leader
Ut the county for seven years, receives The Star Cup from Walter Kingsbury,
{resident of the Arlington Civic Federation. Mrs. Hackman, who lives at 31M .
Worth Inglewood streetAras given the award at t)Moederation’s annual ban* k
guet last night.—Star Miff Photo. *
Mr. Slaymaker said the house
where 22 persons lived was being
rented for 845 a month by a
man who subleased the second
floor for 850. the flrst floor for
875 and the basement for 850.
1 Crowding Mounts
Under a proposed housing and
' hygiene code now under consid
eration by City Council, admin
, istrative officials could require
owners to fix up or remove the
substandard dwellings and could
' regulate the number of tenar.ts.
However, officials point out that
[ the more buildings are torn
, down, the more need there is
for housing for displaced persons.
Mr. Kerr said the housing
, authority has about 400 up-to
| date applications -from Negro
families for low-rent units. He
said several hundred others
have been taken out of the flies
because the applicants didn’t
respond to questionnaires sent
out periodically.
Rents in the Government
units vary according to income
but average about 833 a month.
Few Projects in Works
Mayor Leroy 8. Bendhelm told
the Senate Banking and Cur
rency Committee recently that
low-rent housing for Negroes is
; a “pressing need." He said there
has been practically no construc
tion in recent years for Negro
families. "Most new homes in
our city cost from 818.000 on up,
: and lower income families—
particularly Negroes—Just can’t
afford something that expen
sive.” he said.
The housing authority is plan
ning construction of 46 more
units. They were part of the
last Negro housing project but
were eliminated in a dispute
over a part of the land. No
mors specific projects have been
proposed, but officials have been
i studying housing needs in con
nection with an urban renewal
i program for eliminating blighted
. areas. One of the requirements
i of an urban renewal program
, under the Federal aid legislation
i is provision for housing displaced
I persons.
r Vienno Legion to Fete
i Auxiliary President
' Dyer-Gunnell Post 180. Amer
■ lean Legion, of Vienna. Va.. will
: honor the president of the Vlr
. ginla Legion’s Ladles Auxiliary
at an open meeting tomorrow at
■ 8 p.m.
! Guest speaker will be Wood
' row Bousman, chairman of the
’ Americanism Commission for
I the Maryland Departmeat of the
i Legion. Past commanders of the
■ post also will be honored at the
. meeting in the OFA Hall.
Hearing Slated
On County Bills
The Montgomery County
Council’s first session of the May
legislative month was held yes
terday and four bills were sched
uled for public hearing on May
Several important items of,
legislation are still being pre
pared by county attorneys for in
troduction and the session lasted
only 24 minutes. The fifth bill,
submitted by Councilman Wil
bur N. Baughman, will be for
mally introduced, at the council's
next session.
This bill would permit the
council to adopt an ordinance;
regulating and licensing furni
ture movers.
Last month the measure was
urged by R. Robert Linowes.
attorney representing 10 moving
firms, who declared there should
be legislation to curb “fly-by
night movers.” He said some
operators quote unfair prices and
sometimes fall to live up to
their moving date commitments.
During the May legislative
month, the council customarily
holds lawmaking sessions on the
first two days of the month,
every Tuesday and the last two
days of the month. Today's ses
sion was canceled by unanimous
vote of the council.
The four bills scheduled for
public hearing On May 14 would:
Redefine the Bethesda parking
lot district; transfer to the po
lice relief and retirement fund
proceeds from the sale of un
claimed motor vehicles; provide
for recall of retired policemen
in emergencies, with full pay and
transportation expenses over 100
miles; withdraw tax sale prop
erties from puoiic action under
special condition.
Alexandria Picks
Juvenile Court
Probation Officer
Joseph D. Garber, probation
officer tor the Henrico County
Welfare Department, has been
appointed chief probation officer
for Alexandria’s Juvenile Court.
Mr. Garber, 45. Is to assume
his new duties May 6. He re
places Harry Carlock who died
about two. months ago.
A native of Harrisonburg, Va..
Mr. Oarber attended public
schools at Waynesboro. Bridge
water College and Richmond
Professional Institute. He is
married and has three children.
Mr. Oarber served as children’s
supervisor and recreation di
rector for the Richmond Juven
ile Court before going to Hen
rico. At Henrico he was a child
welfare and probation officer.
School Concert Tonight
The Washington - Lee High
School symphony orchestra will
present its annual spring con
cert at 8:30 p.m. today in the
auditorium of the Arlington
school. The orchestra is directed
by Miss Dorothy Baumle.
Dry Fairfax
Rescued by
Fire Pumps
The water storage tank in the
town of Fairfax went dry last
night and a fire department
pumper was pressed into service
to transfer water to the town
from the Falls Church system.
Town* Manager Glenn Saun
ders gald water was pumped
through 1,000 feet of hose from
8:30 p.m. yesterday until about
5 am. today.
Mr. Saunders said the storage
tank in the Westmore area was
empty last night, but only three
houses were reported without
water. He said the three houses
were on Williams drive near the
tank, highest spot in the town.
A permanent connection be
tween the Falls Church and
Fairfax systems is expected to be
completed today, Mr. Saunders
said. He said workmen are rush
ing the Job of laying 1,500 feet
of pipe between the two. Mr.
Saunders said the connection is
expected to eliminate water
shortages in the town which has
had to put restrictions on use
during past summers. Eventually,
the town plans to build a dam
on Goose Creek in Loudoun
County for a new source of
The fire hose was strung last
night between the ends of the!
partially completed connection. !
Broberg Named'
Aide to Lundberg
Carl M. Broberg. 29. a munici
pal official at Boulder. Colo., has
been named administrative as
sistant to Arlington County
Manager A. T. Lundberg.
The appointment to the $7.100-!
a-year post is effective June 3.!
Mr. Broberg replaces R. G
Forbes, who resigned to become
City Manager of Watertown,
N. Y.
Since May 1, 1954, Mr. Bro
berg has been an administra
tive assistant to the city man-:
lager of Boulder.
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Langley School Fair
To Be Held Saturday
A concert and rescue demon
stration will be featured at the
Mae Manxes Introduces a Brand-New Idea in Barbecue Equipment
■ Brand-new on the market is this, wonderful, com
pletely equip; ed barbecue grilL It was designed for
the outdoor cook who insists upon efficiency as well
as beautiful design. Be sure to take advantage of
this special early-in-the-keason reduction and enjoy
a whole summer of outdoor living. MAC MANNES
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Distinctive Gifts and Homewares
G Street N.W. New Homp. Are.
Hamilton t exclusive vent and drainage shutter G Street Store, Fri. & Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
allows proper and effective air adjustment and
•Iso provide, water drainage tar cleaning bawl. Lu,gley e Pa *’ F "*Z 11:30 am ’ to 9:30 P m *
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
annua Langley School fair, to I
be held from 11 am. to 5:30
p.m. Saturday on the school
grounds. Balls Hill road, near
McLean, Va.
The McLean High School band
will give a concert at 1 pm. and
i the McLean Volunteer Fire De
partment will demonstrate res
cue and first aid techniques
I throughout the day. There also
I will be an art exhibit featuring
work of Franklin Sherman Ele
mentary School students, and
an exhibit of foreign sports cart.

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