The Need

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  • With 217,739 people, Henry County is the 8th most populated county out of 159 Georgia counties, with only about half of the population participating in the civilian labor force.  
    (Source: www.georgia-demographics.com)   

  • As of May 2016, there were 1,054 school-aged homeless students recorded by the Henry County School System. This does not include children under the age of 5, individuals over the age of 18, or those not enrolled in school. Sadly, this number continues to rise.    
    (Source: Henry County Schools)

  • There are currently no homeless shelters for families, transitional housing or public transportation in Henry County.     
    (Source: Henry County Schools)  

  • In 2015, the median household income of Henry County residents was $60,424. However, 12.9% of Henry County residents live in poverty.   
    (Source: www.georgia-demographics.com)

  • As of 2015, over one-third of all households with children were designated as single-parent households. It is a documented fact that children growing up in single-parent homes typically do not have access to the same economic or physical resources and opportunities as children from two-parent homes.   
    (Source: www.FRED.stlouisfed.org)

  • According to an April 2017 report, gang and drug activity is on the rise in Henry County. Henry County is home to almost a dozen chapters of the nation’s 30 known dangerous gangs, with most gang-related activity perpetrated by 9-21 year olds. It is suspected that the removal of Atlanta-based housing projects caused a migration of people and gang activity into Henry County in recent years.

  • In 2016, 503 drug arrests were made, many linked to methamphetamine and heroine use.    
    (Source: www.henryherald.com)

  • From April 2016 – March 2017, 298 Henry County children were served by foster care, at a cost of approximately $330,000 per month. To date, there are no DFCS-approved Parenting classes available within the County.     
    (Source: www.fosteringcourtimprovement.org)