Milestones Since the Beginning of the New Millenium

2000 FA-CHDO acquired property in Fairburn, Georgia and built its first in-town subdivision, Fairburn Commons. The project was completed in 2002.

2001  FACAA completed ten (10) years of service with successful audits and a cadre of Community Action Council advocates (CAC) to represent the needs of the community in settings such as the City Council, Fulton and DeKalb County Commissions and elected officials.

2002   YouthBuild continued with the support of Home Depot, YouthBuild, USA and FACAA’s fundraising. Up to this point, 85 youth have participated and 30 of that number obtained their GED. YouthBuild graduates built a house in the Peoplestown community. The Chairman of the Board was Aaron Turpeau.

2003   FACAA acquired property in Clayton County through a donation by Mims Enterprises. This property was developed into 24 units of single family homes and named for FA-CHDO’s Director Penny Wood.  Wood Estates paved the way for further development in that area.

2005 New YouthBuild funding acquired; 40 youth were trained and 15 GEDs were earned.

2006 FACAA added a new Community Resource & Empowerment Center to its outreach capability. Located at 341 Kelly Street, the facility allows FACAA to host a number of services to include:

Computer Training • Life Skills and Personal Development • (Arthur B. Cummings) Reading Room • YouthBuild Training • Community Forums and Seminars •  Space for hosting partnership meetings, NPU meetings, community activities, family reunions, etc.

2007 Record number of applicants sought services of FACAA due to corporate downsizing and lay-offs, signifying the new face of poverty.

2008 FACAA completed its 17th consecutively sound positive audit, confirming its goal to become a fiscally sound operation, which replaced the former Economic Opportunities of Atlanta (EOA).

2009 FACAA began an intense conversation on the taboo topic of Structural Racism, illustrating then-current issues in Atlanta’s mayoral race and health care at Grady Hospital to make this study more applicable.

2010  ARRA or the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act brought revitalization to families and communities facing loss from the effects of the 2008 recession.  Saving homes, creating jobs and overcoming losses was made possible through funds provided to non-profits which, in turn, helped citizens become less reliant upon government as the economy returned to a state of healthy operations.

2011-13 The effects of ‘sequestration’ continue to take a toll on the cost of living, employment and the ability to provide stability for families.  America continues to struggle economically although FACAA continued to provide emergency services to prevent evictions and interrupted utilities for families, the elderly, and even those employed yet eligible.

2014-16  FACAA-YouthBuild provided home building training to over 35 young men and women who also needed to obtain a GED and Life Skills as they proceed into Adulthood.  The services of FACAA are made available to the families of youth to assure holistic services that strengthen these families.