Mother of P.E.A.R.L. Campaign

Many Clayton County residents are negatively impacted by the end of COVID-19 supplemental unemployment aid. While the Clayton County Community Service Authority does offer financial assistance to help keep people from losing their homes, a typical household in Georgia with one adult and two children requires approximately $5,000 a month to cover basic expenses. This simply is not a reality for many working Black women living in Georgia.  

The Mother of P.E.A.R.L. Housing Initiative and Eviction Prevention Program: A transitional housing program to help displaced women or families facing eviction secure safe and affordable housing. 

Program Objectives– Provide financial assistance; up to $4k, Financial education/budget management and credit management, and Secure property-long term. 

Approved participants must meet eligibility assessment / screening requirements and must agree to a financial literacy training (at no cost to the participant) provided by Melanated PEARL Corporation. 

Melanated PEARL Corporation will also work directly with participants to help repair credit and establish savings so that participants will be better equipped to handle a financial crisis in the future with a financial literacy development program.

WHY IT MATTERS

At present three alarming statistics are true in Clayton County, GA. 

  • 1.  The largest demographic living in poverty in Clayton County are Females 25 – 34, followed by Females 35 – 44 and then Females 6 – 11. 
  • 2. The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clayton County, GA is Black, followed by Hispanic and White. And 
  • 3. Many families, mostly women and their children are living in one room extended-stay hotels. 

And now, the national coronavirus crisis has made the situation in extended stay even more precarious. With massive job losses expected, Melanated PEARL Corporation seeks to support families while celebrating those Mothers of P.EA.R.L. surviving and thriving in our community. 

PEARL is an acronym meaning Passionate Engaged Activists, Resisting Limits.

Would you consider donating to help us achieve our goal?

DONATE via CashApp ($MelanatedPearlCorp), PayPal, Zelle, & Square using melanatedpearl@gmail.com

Our Campaign Goals

Melanated Pearl Corporation is a 501c3 non profit organization located in Hampton, GA a subsection of Clayton County established in November 2018. At Melanated Pearl Corporation , we seek to educate, uplift, and empower Black women by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility.

In response to this dilemma, we designed the  Mother of PEARL Campaign to support Black women in our community. 

About Clayton County

Clayton County is located in the southern portion of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 10 county district. Clayton County is directly adjacent to the City of Atlanta on the north and bordered by Fulton and DeKalb counties to the north, Fayette to the west, Spalding to the south, and Henry to the east (Map 1.1). Its land size of 145 square miles makes it one of the smallest counties in the State of Georgia. Yet with more than 253,000 residents, it is one of the most densely populated and urbanized counties in the state.

The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 – 34, followed by Females 35 – 44 and then Females 6 – 11.

https://datausa.io/profile/geo/clayton-county-ga

Did You Know?

Many Clayton County residents are facing eviction as of Sept. 1, after the end of COVID-19 supplemental unemployment aid. Although the statewide judicial emergency stopped the process for a time, Magistrate Court is hearing dispossessory cases again. In Georgia, a typical household with one adult and two children needs about $5,000 a month to cover basic expenses. We know and understand that this is not the reality of many working Black women living in Georgia.

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, the Clayton County Community Service Authority offers financial assistance to help keep people from losing their homes.

Clayton Count Data

The TRUTH is this Black Women are often ignored by society. They are in fact the working poor in our community. We tend to ignore them because they are not homeless yet. At present, many families in Clayton County are living in extended stay hotels. Due to income requirements many working mothers do not qualify for financial assistance programs in place. At a result, many families are unable to transition to stable housing due to economic hardship. While there are no hard data, social agencies and local officials say thousands of working families in metro Atlanta live in hotels, generally paying by the week or even by the day.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Clayton County, GA are 

  • Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (69.1%), 
  • White (Non-Hispanic) (9.51%), 
  • White (Hispanic) (5.82%), 
  • Some Other Race (Hispanic) (5.73%), and 
  • Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.13%). 
  • N/A% of the people in Clayton County, GA speak a non-English language, and 
  • 94.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest industries in Clayton County, GA are 

  • Transportation & Warehousing (22,757 people), 
  • Health Care & Social Assistance (17,861 people), and 
  • Retail Trade (16,445 people), 

and the highest paying industries are 

  • Public Administration ($55,618), 
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,796), and 
  • Educational Services ($40,984).

Median household income in Clayton County, GA is $46,646. 

  • Males in Clayton County, GA have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,879. 
  • The income inequality in Clayton County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 – 34

LARGEST DEMOGRAPHIC LIVING IN POVERTY

21.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Clayton County, GA (58.7k out of 269k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%.

Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

LARGEST RACE OR ETHNICITY LIVING IN POVERTY

  • Black- 39,003 ± 1,735
  • Hispanic- 12,049 ± 842
  • White- 11,452 ± 860

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clayton County, GA is Black, followed by Hispanic and White.

https://datausa.io/profile/geo/clayton-county-ga

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family’s total income is less than the family’s threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.