Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
Promoting Equitable Outcomes
Fulton County is a diverse community, and the Board of Commissioners always strives to ensure that programs and funds are available to every qualified citizen in a manner that is fair and equitable. In this section of the report, we will describe efforts to promote equitable outcomes, including how programs were designed with equity in mind.
Fulton County has one of the most diverse populations in the State of Georgia, both racially and economically. Through this pandemic, many of our low and moderate-income and communities of color have been most impacted.
These impacts have affected and exacerbated systemic health and economic inequities that the County has been addressing for many years. Fulton County has a Health Equity in all Policies stance that looks at the impacts of all programs to ensure that we properly serve all our citizens fairly and equally.
- Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds allow Fulton county to address the disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the crisis on the hardest-hit communities, populations, and households in many ways; and Fulton County is committed to making a difference in our communities that are measurable and impactful for our citizens.
Fulton County has been a leader in transparency and open government to our citizens. Currently, at each of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) meetings, the Executive Team provides public presentations on the State and Local Recovery Funds program.
These presentations have led to hundreds of public comments on the use of these funds; and how quickly our citizens need to get access to this in our community. These informational presentations will continue at the BOC meetings to ensure the public is kept aware of expenditures and changes to any programming of funds.
- The County will also be publishing an open transparency page of the State and Local Fiscal Recovery program on our open government portal to ensure citizens are aware of available programs and how funds are being expended.
Access and Distribution:
Currently, Fulton County does not have any specific difference in the levels of access for someone to services of funding from programs funded under this program. These programs are designed to be fair and equal to all eligible residents in need and affected by the pandemic.
The difference in service levels occurs in specific areas of the County where we see a low vaccination rate. In those areas, the County is making specific efforts to eliminate any potential disparities that could be occurring.
The programs are federal funding and have many requirements that the County is responsible for maintaining and keeping records of funds. The County is always looking for opportunities, in which it can eliminate paperwork or burden on citizens to provide. The County also provides input to our federal partners on ideas we have to try and eliminate any barriers to provide services to our citizens.
The County focuses on collecting data on the programs and services we are providing under this funding to focus the outcomes of our effort-oriented results. This data will then lead the County to review the information and adapt our programs to address any gaps in providing services to any specific population or area.
This data and outcome-based approach that has been taken had already led the County to make adjustments to how some of our services are provided in some of our minority areas by zip code and census tracks. This focus on weekly reviewing the data as a team allows the County to make adjustments in almost real-time to fill any identified gaps.
Outcomes for our funded programs and services will be published on our transparency page, which will allow the citizens to view the results and provide feedback on if they feel we reach our stated outcome or if we need to make changes based on community needs.
Treasury encourages the use of funds that promote strong, equitable growth, including racial equity. Please describe how your jurisdiction’s planned or current use of funds prioritizes economic and racial equity as a goal, names specific targets intended to produce meaningful equity results at scale, and articulates the strategies to achieve those targets. In addition, please explain how your jurisdiction’s overall equity strategy translates into the specific services or programs offered by your jurisdiction in the following Expenditure Categories:
Negative Economic Impacts (EC 2):
Fulton County will provide assistance to households, small businesses, and non-profits to address the impacts of the pandemic, which have been most severe among low-income populations. This includes assistance with food, housing, and other needs; employment programs for people with barriers to employment who faced negative economic impacts from the pandemic (such as residents of low-income neighborhoods, minorities, disconnected youth, the unemployed, formerly incarcerated people, veterans, and people with disabilities); and other strategies that provide disadvantaged groups with access to education, jobs, and opportunity.
Median Household Income (2019) by Census Tract
Percent Minority Population (2019) by Census Tract
Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities (EC 3):
Services to address health disparities and the social determinants of health, build stronger neighborhoods and communities (e.g., affordable housing), address educational disparities (e.g., evidence-based tutoring, community schools, and academic, social-emotional, and mental health supports for high poverty schools), and promote healthy childhood environments (e.g., home visiting, child care).