A statement from Purpose Built Communities and our Network Members in response to systemic racial injustice and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY and George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN

We are in a moment right now when many Black people in America are hurt, angry and exhausted, and many White people are waking up to the realization that they can no longer be bystanders to what is a 401 year-old problem. Americans of all backgrounds are frustrated by the pace of progress. … Continue Reading →


“Lean on Me,” the Ecosystem of Community Development in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development department supports the central bank’s mandate of stable prices and maximum employment by working to improve the economic mobility and resilience of people and places. Dr. Raphael Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Mr. Egbert Perry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Integral; former Chairman, Fannie Mae, explore the ecosystem of organizations and the unique assets and opportunities of each – the Federal Reserve System, Fannie Mae, community developers, housing developers, educators, everyone at the Purpose Built Communities conference – and offer perspective on a call to action about how collectively we help communities develop. Watch


Network Member Leaders Kickoff 10th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference

Since 2009, Purpose Built Communities has grown from just a handful of place-based holistic initiatives to more than 20 across the country. This network is now home to valuable innovations in community building, tackling racial and health inequities, creating strong cross-sectoral partnerships, and delivering better outcomes for children and families. Hear from some of the leaders who have been living and breathing this work with their community partners and neighbors and the lessons they have learned along the way. Watch


Equity Ambassadors Share Their Journey

Building racial, social, and health equity is one of the primary goals of the community quarterbacks in the Purpose Built network. Several of the Executive Directors of these organizations are forming the first cohort of Equity Ambassadors to deepen their knowledge – and the network’s – of the impact their work is having on issues of equity. In this conversation, they share their reflections along this journey. Watch


Tommy Espinoza Discusses “Empowering Communities”

Raza Development Fund invests capital and creates financing solutions to increase opportunities for the Latino community and low income families. Tommy Espinoza, President & Chief Executive Officer, is a prominent architect of Latino community and business development policy and programs, with over 45 years of experience that span the breadth of the public, private sector, and nonprofit spectrum. Watch


Philanthropy and Community Development

Philanthropy is a key ingredient in place-based, holistic revitalization efforts. This session with Eric M. Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation, West Palm Beach, FL and Kristin Williams, Director of Community Initiatives, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha, NE, explores how two foundations in different parts of the country are engaging in holistic, place-based efforts and how community development can build partnerships that will create sustainable solutions for neighborhoods and families. Watch


The Purpose Built Communities Model

Three holistic place-based efforts to improve neighborhood health and equity are underway in Atlanta that are part of the Purpose Built Communities network. Hear their stories and learn about the similarities and differences in their journeys as they work to empower communities and break the cycles of intergenerational poverty. Watch


Community Revitalization Through A Racial Equity Lens

Racial wealth disparities continue to persist, and racial economic inequality is growing.  REACH Riverside, the Purpose Built Communities network member in Wilmington, DE, is working with a range of partners to advance the Riverside neighborhood revitalization effort with specific focus on improving racial wealth equity outcomes.  Learn why a range of stakeholders, including public and private sector leadership, is engaging on this issue and how they are working together to develop a shared understanding and craft strategies. Watch


A Discussion on Choice Neighborhoods

Choice Neighborhoods is HUD’s signature place-based initiative. Choice Neighborhoods is designed to assist struggling neighborhoods with distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. In addition to financing the redevelopment of housing, Choice Neighborhoods gives communities the tools and resources to address crime, create connections to job opportunities, and improve schools in order to change the trajectories of families living in those neighborhoods. Watch