Purpose Built Communities was established in 2009 after the successful revitalization of the East Lake neighborhood in Atlanta.

By applying that holistic model to other areas of concentrated urban poverty around the nation, we are helping local leaders make a positive impact in some of this country’s neighborhoods made most vulnerable. We have a growing network of more than 25 members leading comprehensive revitalization initiatives, and we are only just beginning.

To achieve racial equity, improved health outcomes, and greater economic mobility in neighborhoods that have suffered from decades of disinvestment, it takes a holistic approach.

Meaningful, lasting change requires a long-term commitment from a coalition of community leaders and residents.

Pathways of Opportunity

We help guide communities seeking assistance to make positive changes because we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to live and raise their children in communities where they can achieve their full potential.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

We know the ins and outs of community revitalization, but the people who live and work in the communities we serve know best what is needed and what will and will not work for them as we develop avenues to prosperity for the lowest income families.

A Growing Network

Our goal is to launch and nurture as many of these transformational efforts as possible to maximize the number of people who can reap the benefits of healthy, supportive communities where everyone can thrive.

We are a giving, loving, group that is willing to learn, so we come with a certain humility, knowing that local leaders know what is best.
- Shirley Franklin, Executive Board Chair for Purpose Built Communities