Holistic Approach, Proven Model

The Purpose Built Communities Model was pioneered in the mid-1990s after the successful transformation of the East Lake neighborhood in Atlanta. By applying that 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.

Our purpose is clear. Our mission is urgent.

With the Purpose Built Communities model, a growing number of communities are working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, and create a world where geography no longer limits human potential.

Defined Neighborhood

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.

Community Quarterback

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.

Mixed-Income Housing

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.

Cradle-to-College Education

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.

Community Wellness

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.