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Did You Know Your Property Can Be Taken Without A Conviction?

Did You Know Your Property Can Be Taken Without A Conviction?

Knowing what civil asset forfeiture is and what you can do if you are a victim of it   Let’s talk about a topic that doesn’t roll off the tongue or come up in casual conversation - civil asset forfeiture. We here at the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) just...

The Value of Sung and Unsung Heroes

The Value of Sung and Unsung Heroes

As we celebrate, Black History Month, I’m reminded of the 1993 song written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff entitled “Hero”. The words to the chorus went like this: “And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you...

Let’s make Georgia the best state to be a foster child

Let’s make Georgia the best state to be a foster child

We can’t create flourishing communities without flourishing families—and foster care and adoption are crucial parts of achieving that goal. An alarming 97 percent of kids who age out of the foster care system without a stable connection to a family end up in chronic...

The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

Like many of you, this Thanksgiving our family will sit around a large table filled with decorations, turkey, stuffing,  mashed potatoes, that odd jello that your distant aunt insists on bringing, and those that we love. At some point, someone will clang a glass to...

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Georgia recoups about as much money in food stamp fraud as it spends

Georgia officials spend about as much investigating claims of food stamp fraud as they recoup for the state.   In the 2019 fiscal year, Georgia investigators spent more than $7.2 million to look into claims of fraud. Investigators found that $8.4 million in food...

Georgia Senate committee votes to maintain felon rights restrictions

The Senate Study Committee on Revising Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felony Offenders decided Wednesday to keep Georgia’s constitution as it is. The members voted 3-2 in favor of continuing to restrict nearly 250,000 convicted Georgia felons from voting. According to...

The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

Like many of you, this Thanksgiving our family will sit around a large table filled with decorations, turkey, stuffing,  mashed potatoes, that odd jello that your distant aunt insists on bringing, and those that we love. At some point, someone will clang a glass to...

Georgia’s unemployment rate continues to drop, set records

Georgia’s unemployment rate hit a record low last month, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The unemployment rate dipped from 3.5 percent to 3.4 percent in October. It has not been that low for 20 years. The state also saw high job numbers amid a growing...

Support GCO With Amazon Smiles This Holiday Season (and all year long)

Like you, we love family and giving during the holidays. Well, we have a new way you can support Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) and give during the season of giving: It’s called Amazon Smile, and it’s a chance to give back a small percentage of each purchase at...

Q&A: Kristin Barker on Hiring Well, Doing Good in Columbus

Georgia Center for Opportunity’s Hiring Well, Doing Good (HWDG) initiative is quickly gaining ground in Columbus, Georgia. Here’s a brief Q&A from the front lines with HWDG Program Manager Kristin Barker.   Q: What's the goal of HWDG in Columbus? Kristin: The...

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Deep Red Valleys Report

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Prisoner Reentry | The State of Corrections

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Prisoner Reentry

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

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