The War on Poverty

The Atlanta Connection

It was 50 years ago that President Lyndon B. Johnson called America’s attention to the profound state of poverty and coined “The War on Poverty”, making the way for The Great Society. FACAA  will begin to observe the achievements made with an emphasis on the early work of Model Cities and Economic Opportunity Atlanta (EOA) as pioneer programs that fostered the strong alliance between community leaders and elected officials who worked together to build one of the nation’s strongest urban programs.  From 1965 until 1989, impoverished Atlantans benefited from the services and community leadership of EOA. The fruits of labor were abundant and manifested in the emergence of elected officials, business leaders and community advocates who were once poor but later became employed, thus exiting the ranks of the poor. Since 1991, FACAA has taken the reins and continued the provision of community action services.

Did you know that the following programs were started or expanded as a result of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and the War on Poverty Legislation?

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