Commissioner allocates funding to 100 Black Men of DeKalb, SCLC W.O.M.E.N. Inc.

DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson speaks during DeKalb County’s first Juneteenth celebration held at the Decatur Square on Friday, June 18. Commissioner Davis Johnson sponsored the ordinance to recognize Juneteenth as an official county holiday. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA – Mereda Davis Johnson is appropriating $50,000 to 100 Black Men of DeKalb and $25,000 to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference W.O.M.E.N, Inc, a press release said.

The funding will allow both organizations to provide job training, educational assistance, computers, access to internet, and other technology assistance in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic not only impacted the quality of life for many residents, but also widened the gap in access to technology,” said Commissioner Davis Johnson. “This funding will also help to increase job readiness and provide training for residents who have lost their employment as a result of the pandemic.”

“The SCLC W.O.M.E.N Inc. is proud to receive this funding from Commissioner Davis Johnson and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners,” said Patricia Ford, interim president of SCLC W.O.M.E.N, Inc. “This will allow us to continue serving the women and youth of DeKalb County.”

The press release says funding is made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by Congress on March 10, 2021, and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021.

“This generous allocation is a tremendous help to our community to ensure our children get the educational support and assistance they need beyond the classroom and helps to ensure they have access to information at their fingertips,” said Andre Deas, president of 100 Black Men of DeKalb. “We are excited to work with Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson to create more opportunity for DeKalb’s youth.”

Additional information on how residents can apply for assistance and training will be forthcoming from the Office of Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson in the coming weeks.

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