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Big Banks Focused on Black Businesses and Homeownership in Atlanta

Your AM Rundown: Plus, the city and Fulton County are hosting a free vaccination event this weekend.

Downtown Atlanta at Connector
JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are aiming to boost Black businesses and homeownership in Atlanta. (Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • The city of Atlanta is partnering with Fulton County and CORE to host a free COVID-19 vaccination event this Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall. The invite is open to city employees and the general public. Qualifying visitors can receive a $100 gift card.
  • In related news, the DeKalb County Board of Health wants to hear from  South DeKalb residents who received a COVID-19 shot. DCBH is looking for residents to take part in virtual focus groups. Participants will be compensated for their time with $100 gift cards.
  • Two different investments from corporate giants are focused on boosting Black homeownership and business in Atlanta. JPMorgan Chase recently announced that the city will receive part of the $12 million the bank is putting toward increasing homeownership in Black and Hispanic communities. Bank of America announced that it will work with Sweet Auburn Works as part of its $150 million investment toward organizations promoting Black entrepreneurship.

ICYMI: The next time you order Uber Eats or request a ride, there is a good chance the rate will be higher than you’re used to paying. Starting tomorrow and for the next 60 days, the service will add a surcharge of $0.45 or $0.55 on each Uber trip and either $0.35 or $0.45 for food. Of course, this depends on your location, according to the release.

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