Atlanta is an Annie E. Casey Foundation civic site — a city with Casey connections and long-term commitments. Neighborhoods Count is about Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V), a poor section of six neighborhoods outside Atlanta. This report presented baseline data and resident stories as a starting point to measure progress toward improving resident health, safety, education and livelihoods. The Casey Foundation hoped this information would attract new partners and investments to expand its NPU-V family-strengthening, neighborhood transformation work.
A 59% child poverty rate for NPU-V was 21 points higher than Atlanta and 37 points higher than Fulton County at the time of this report.
A 29% high school completion rate was 28 points below Atlanta Public Schools and 53 points below Fulton County in 2004.
The excellent 93% pass rate on the state reading test was 17 points higher than Atlanta Public Schools and 7 points higher than Fulton County.
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Neighborhoods Count is not a ranking of neighborhood results and indicators. Instead it provides a baseline which tells the story of the neighborhoods and provides us with a starting point from which to measure progress over time.
This information is a shared tool that can be used by all to tell the story of NPU-V, to determine how we are faring, and to help chart a wise course of action for the future…based on an honest and hard look at the facts.
In Atlanta, the Foundation is grateful to work in partnership with a diverse array of residents, community organizations, civic groups, foundations, and government officials working to strengthen families living in NPU-V. We want to acknowledge the many contributions of the Neighborhood Data Advisory Group that developed Neighborhoods Count. They share a desire to improve their neighborhood and recognize the importance of using reliable data to make change.
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