Purpose Built Communities catalyzes and accelerates holistic community revitalization across the nation.
Based on lessons learned from the revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood and other successful, holistic neighborhood revitalizations, we help local lead organizations develop the strategies and partnerships they need to effectively address all issues that trap a neighborhood and its people in intergenerational poverty.
Purpose Built Communities Network initiatives differ from most community development work because of their holistic nature. Purpose Built Communities Network initiatives typically include radically improved cradle-to-college educational opportunities, mixed income housing, youth and adult development programs, jobs and job training, and commercial investment.
Purpose Built Communities Network initiatives demonstrate long-term commitment to solutions to intractable poverty that deliver both immediate support and sustainable futures for families.
From the early thinking on mixed-income communities to the success of the East Lake revitalization, Purpose Built Communities crystallized a framework of three pillars supported by a strong foundation. The pillars are high-quality mixed-income housing, a strong cradle-to-college education pipeline, and a suite of community services and facilities that lift up low-income families and attract middle-income families. The strong foundation is based on the recognition that while other revitalizations may employ the same core elements, the Purpose Built difference is new, locally led, neighborhood-focused non-profits that guide all of the work in communities. Modeled on the East Lake Foundation, those non-profits are able to manage a complex process with multiple facets and partners, and ensure transformation and sustainability over a long period.
Purpose Built Communities supports each community with a range of services:
|“If poverty is a disease that affects an entire community in the form of unemployment and violence, failing schools and broken homes, then we can’t just treat those symptoms in isolation.”|
|United States President