Our Mission

“The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart –not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.” - President Barack Obama

The Mission of DeKalb’s Human Development Department is to promote the human interest in how we build, invest and govern so as to expand the capacity and productivity of individuals and families.  This is accomplished through the efficient management of resources and collaborations with non-profit agencies, government entities at all levels, learning institutions and the business and faith communities. 

Along with an arrangement of partners, the Human Services team pursues competitive grant opportunities to offset the cost of doing county business while enabling collective focus on special needs throughout the DeKalb community.  This requires facilitating the research needed to address those needs, and seeding integrated strategies to resolve and/or better the individual’s ability to manage those needs in long-term sustainable ways.

The leadership of DeKalb has come to realize that simply extending social services falls far too short of what must become the redefined role of government in today’s changing world.  Hence, our Human Services team functions with a human development resolve, devoted to the ideal that communities grow as individuals are better enabled to live to their potential as consumers and contributing members of society. 

To this point, the outcomes are:

-Models of responsible early parenting and youth development
-Hope and the realization of new possibilities for families in crisis
-Models of streamlined government eliminating service duplication
-Effective cooperation amongst an ever growing number of stakeholders
-Tracking what works and the responsible promotion of best practices
-Sustained, meaningful and productive cross-sector working relationships



Contact Us

Human Services Grants and Resources

39 Rogers St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Phone: (404) 270-1178
Fax: (404) 270-1170