Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Announces Fund with Georgia’s Own Credit Union to Provide Grants During COVID-19 Crisis
City of Atlanta to support fund for eligible contract employees amid Coronavirus pandemic
ATLANTA– Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is partnering with Georgia’s Own Foundation to distribute the first $250,000 installment of the City of Atlanta’s commitment to support its contract employees who have experienced lost income and financial hardship due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Bank On Atlanta member institution Georgia’s Own Credit Union will administer the program. This effort comes as part of the City’s commitment to providing $7 million in relief funds to support food security efforts for students and seniors and aid City workers, workers of the City’s direct contracts and area small business.
“This is a promise delivered to Atlanta workers who are bearing the brunt of the financial impacts of COVID-19,” said Mayor Bottoms. “We are grateful for the partnership of Georgia’s Own in helping to facilitate this program and enabling the City to provide assistance to affected City contract employees as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The City of Atlanta will make up to $1.5 million in donations to the Georgia’s Own Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization). Those funds will then be distributed as tax-free grants by the foundation to eligible hourly contract workers. The program will provide recipients with a one-time payment of $2,000 to cover living expenses, augmenting programs such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The recipients of these grants are typically hourly employees with an annual income between $20,000 and $40,000 who are employed through a City contract.
Georgia’s Own Credit Union will provide the systems and staff resources to manage and operate the program, donating back half of the administrative overhead costs of the program. Georgia’s Own Credit Union was chosen to distribute the funds because of its Bank On Atlanta partner status and 86-year history in the City of Atlanta. The Bank On Atlanta program was established by the City of Atlanta in 2017 as a way to help serve the nearly 7.5% unbanked and 28% underbanked members of the community.
“We have seen firsthand the economic impact this pandemic has caused for so many in our community and have been looking for ways to help those most affected,” said Dave Preter, CEO of Georgia’s Own Credit Union. “We’re honored the City chose us as its partner to launch this program and look forward to providing critical financial support to city employees.”
Program managers from the City and Georgia’s Own will manage the development, operations, and wrap-up stages for the program. They will meet at least twice monthly to assess program performance, make necessary adjustments and communicate status to stakeholders.
Georgia’s Own has provided a secure online application platform for workers to request grants. The City is working directly with its contracted businesses to build a list of those who qualify for the program and to contact those eligible individuals.
The City has also established ATLStrong.org, a virtual resource center for the public to learn more about COVID-19 relief programs.
The City has posted prevention information and additional resources related to COVID-19 on its website here.
Chief among the City’s guidance to residents and visitors are the following preventative measures:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
4. Stay home when you are sick.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
7. If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials
Recommended CDC safety guidelines can be found online here.