As home to UPS and our board of trustees, Atlanta is a place where we have a special interest in improving the well-being of kids and families. Since 2001, we’ve been committed to transforming a set of high-poverty city neighborhoods and helping low-income families overcome a number of challenges.
- Atlanta surpasses the state and nation in terms of kids living in high-poverty areas. Children in Neighborhood Planning Unit V, where we work, fare even worse, with half living in poverty.
- Kids in Atlanta and throughout the state are consistently behind in reading, with the vast majority unable to read well by the end of third grade — a major predictor of success in school and life.
- NPU-V’s unemployment rate exceeds the city’s, and its residents earn about half the city’s median household income.
- NPU-V’s vacant housing rate surpasses the city, and homeownership falls well below city and county rates.