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ECONOMIC OP PORT UMITY ATLANTA, INC.
101 MARIETTA STREET BLDG,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
525-4262
TWO AND ONE-HALF YEARS
A brief summa ry of programs fund ed through
Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc. from
Janu ary 1965 to July 19 67



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During th e past t wo and one-half years Atlanta's community
action progr am has moved with great spe ed .
It has, in many ways,
become a model for the nation.
Th ous ands of Atlanta citizens
and many agenci es and organizations have particip a ted in planning
the variety of opportunity programs now available.
NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE CENTERS
Twelve multi-servic e neighborhood c e nt ers have b een
established in Atlanta and Fulton County. Two additional c e nters
serve families in Gwinn e tt and Rockdal e counties.
The 14 neighborhood cent e rs ha ve held a total of 116,203
intervi ews .
Employme nt couns e lors located in neighborhood c e nters pl a ced
7,630 individuals in jobs, not including Job Corps, Ne ighborhood
Youth Corp~ etc. Of th e centers' total intake, 72% wanted jobs.
Social Service workers have made 71,938 referral s to put
families in touch with agencies offe ring appropriate help, in
a:idition to th e numerou s cas es completed at the n e ighborhood c e nters.
Resid en t Participation: Two democratic elections hav e b een
con du ct ed t o select r ep r esentatives of low-income n eighbo rh oods
for EOA commi tt ees.
Nea rly 12,000 p eop l e voted in the 19 67 EOA
elections. Approximately 10,000 people participate in 200 block
organizations and other EOA committees. More th a n 500 low-income
citiz e n s are serv ing as elected block captai ns and representatives
to neighborhood c e nt er advisor y councils, a city - wide adv isory
council and t he EOA Board o f Dir ec t ors. On e -thir d of th e EOA
BDard of Dir ectors is composed of low-income cit izens.
Neighborhood Services Aides:
Low-income r esidents of n e ighborhoods served by EOA have been trained and em~loy ed by EOA to
assist wi th its programs. Ai d es (21 4 before 1967 budge t reductions ,
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145 now) have conta cted 124,004 families to discuss opportunities
available through EOA. They have provided continued contact with
53,697 famili e s. Aides also assist with community organization
and the work of the neighborhood centers.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Summer Head Start classes hav e provid e d cultural enrichment
for 3,000 children each of the last three summers.
Nine Day Care Centers provide supervised recreation and
enrichment for 700 children of working parents.
C01"1MUNITY SCHOOLS
Twelve Community Schools have provided education and enrichment
in the afternoons and evenings for a total enrollme nt of 70,482.
Funds for this program were cut 82% because of 1967 budget reductions.
NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH CORPS
(Out-of-School Program)
Eighty-nine agencies are cooperating to provide jobs for
approximately 650 youths.
In two and one-half years 3,620 youths
have participated in the program.
Another 3,000 youths have participated in a Ne ighborhood
Youth Corps program for high school students administer e d by the
Atlanta Public Schools.
JOB CORPS
EOA recruits boys from an eight county area for the Job
Corps. To date, 1,654 have been accepted for Job Corps training,
658 are known to be employed or in the military service.
Recruiting for the Wome n's Job corps is handled by WICS.
To date, 270 girls have b e en accepted for training.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Attorneys from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, under
contract with EOA, have s e rved 21,502 cases and ha v e closed
2,760 court cases.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD
The Plann e d Par e nthood As s ociation , unde r c o ntract with
EOA, has se r ved 4 , 184 indi v iduals.
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FOSTER GRANDPAREN'ES DEMONSTR..~TION PROJECT
Forty-one me n and women over 60 years of age are employed
to work with children at thre e institutions.
PROJECT ENABLE
Ove r 300 low-income p a r e nt s h ave p ar ticipa t e d in a group
discussion progr a m de s ign e d to incr ea s e motivation for self-help .
.MULTI-SERVICE CENTERS FOR THE. AGED
Recr ea tion, s ocia l s e rv ices a n d d ay ca re a r e b e ing provi ded
f o r a t ota l of 1,7 94 fa~i l y u ni t s in t h r ee apar t men t buildi n gs
for the aged.
ATL._~ TA EMP LOYMENT EVALUATION AND SERVICE CENTER
This i s a c e ntr ali ze d ser vic e , th e fi rs t of it s k i nd in
the country, t o di a gnose a n d e v a luate wo rk p o t e nti a l a n d
training n eeds of difficult cas e s. Appro x imate ly 40% of tho se
who ha ve b een evaluate d are now employed.
SUM~IER RECREATION
City-wi d e r ecr ea t ion p rogra ms we re con d u cted in th e
summe rs of 1966 and 1967 with fun d s fr om OEO. The total 1966
attenda nc e .at i umme r r~cr e ation programs was 277,000.
ATL._~TA CONCENTRATED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Th is i s a n e w pro g r a m d es i g n ed to pla c e 2 , 500 con s i stently
un e mp l oyed or un deremploye d peo pl e in jobs or tr a ining during
the n ext yea r.
Appro x ima t e l y 70 Atl an t a b u s in esses a nd soc i a l
a gen cies have volun t eere d to remove u nnecessary entry l eve l job
qua l ifications so tha t n e wl y t rain e d p e opl e might be c ome e mployed.
Ma ny busin esses wil l a l s o coope rate in t rain i n g e nro ll ees .
PRI CE AREA HEALTH CENTER
A n ew h eal th c e nt er will provide comp l e t e me dica l s e rvic es ,
~xce pt h o sp itili~at i o;, : for 22 , 000 l ow-in come p eopl e living in
th e Pric e n e ighborhood: Th e Fulton County Me dica l Assoc i ati on ,
Emory Unive rsi t y Schoo l of Me dic i ne and 1 5 o t her h e a l th a nd
planning agencies are coope r a ting with EOA to estab l ish t h e c e nter .
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VOLUNTEER TASK FORCE
More than 200 loc a l volunteers have b een trained and p l aced
in 19 locations to assist with Atlanta's war on poverty.
VOLUNTEERS IN SERVI CE 'I'O AMER ICA (VI STA)
Forty-two VISTAs work with EOA.
DISCONTINUED PROGRAMS
Due to Congr ess ion a l requctions in 1 967 OEO funds the
following progra ms were delet ed :
Bees-Bi z :
job tra~nin g for unemployed, out-of-school you th s .
Small Business Development Ce nt e r: closed as of July 31, th e
Center int erv iewe d and counseled 850 indi viduals , approved
300 lo ans tot a lin g $326,225.
Home Man age me nt Training:
cl asses and demon s trations by
qualifi e d p erso nn e l to t ea ch cooking, budg e ting, s ew ing,
child car e , hygien e , consume r buying, hou se-keeping.
Neighborh ood Cen t e r Recreation Pro g ram s : qualified p e rsonn e l
help ed r es id e nts develop neighborhood recreation programs.
Homemake r S erv ic es :
substitute home ma kers were provided for
low-income households during emergencies .
Public Hea lth Program:
four Public Health nurses worked
with EOA neighborhood service cent ers .
ADDITIONAL INFORM..ATION
Fifty-on e loc a l ag e ncies hav e contract s with EOA to administ e r
EOA program s .
Total community support, including both cash and non-cash
contributions, repr e s e nts 19½'/4 of all program s coming unde r the
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appro x imat e l y $17,000,000 CAP umbr e ll a .
Ca sh contributions. from the city and county governments
total $137,744. in 1 96 7 .
·_-EOA employs 427 p eop l e (145 Aides an d 282 regular employees ).
Before 1967 budget reductions EOA emp lo yed 574 people (214 Aides
and 3 60 re g ul ar employees).
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The City of Atlanta has placed four city employees, called
City Services Coordinators, in EOA neighborhood centers.
'l'he Fulton County Commissioners have authorizE'!d decentralized
voter registration at EOA n e ighborhood ceriters and have trained
and deputized 65 EOA employees as a s sistant registrars. More
than 1000 people registered to vote at EOA neighborhood cent e rs
the first month this program was in operation. ·
The Atlanta Police Department has placed 10 Crime Prevention
Officers in EOA neighborhood centers.
Numerous other agencies, as well as businesses, churches,
civic clubs and private citizens are cooperating with EOA in
a wide variety of projects.

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