In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, roughly 100,000 residents of New Orleans who were displaced by the storm and flooding came to Atlanta. Like many other communities, East Lake welcomed… Continue →
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By Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, Executive Chair of Purpose Built Communities Originally published in the Huffington Post In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three New Orleans businessmen and civic leaders,… Continue →
Holistic approach, proven model
Focus on defined neighborhoods where transformative programs and infrastructure can be established; if we can change the place, we can change outcomes for the people who live there.
Usually a newly-created nonprofit, it leads the revitalization by engaging community members, building partnerships, securing funding, and ensuring implementation of the housing, education, and wellness components of the model as part of the community’s vision.
Offer an environment with high-quality construction and practical amenities surrounded by safe walkways and streets, transforming the way residents view themselves and their neighborhood.
Establish an arena for student growth, learning, and achievement at every level starting at birth, and implement a rigorous and relevant curriculum to help ensure successful futures through college and beyond.
Provide a community-specific mix of facilities, programs, and services that honor local history, reflect the priorities of residents, promote healthy lifestyles, create jobs, and reduce crime.
Purpose Built Communities
was established in 2009
after the successful transformation of the East Lake neighborhood in Atlanta. By applying the holistic model to other areas of concentrated urban poverty around the nation, Purpose Built Communities is helping local leaders make a positive impact in some of this country’s most distressed neighborhoods. We have a growing network of a dozen members leading comprehensive revitalization initiatives, and we are only just beginning.