Changing the Odds (2019)

Progress and Promise in Atlanta

Posted May 13, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Since 2001, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been working with Atlanta’s Southside communities to transform high-poverty city neighborhoods and help low-income families and children succeed. While some progress is being made, the gap between Atlanta’s haves and have-nots remains immense.

This report — which is a follow-up to Casey’s Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta focuses on promising policies and approaches that, if enacted on a larger scale, could help dismantle the systemic barriers that have kept too many Atlantans of color from reaching their full potential.

Findings & Stats

Statements on Inequity in Atlanta

Key Takeaway

Since the first report, published in 2015, the needle toward equity has moved (but not enough)

In Atlanta, forward-thinking organizations have been busy, forging pathways to education, housing, careers and wealth that can help build a brighter future for the city’s African-American residents. While these new pathways have spurred marginal gains, the push for equity is just beginning. And it’s a push that will require a larger legion of policymakers, public systems, business leaders, nonprofits and philanthropic institutions to band together and work together to help Atlantans of color move from merely surviving to thriving.