Building Better Homes, Creating Better Communities
Mixed-income neighborhoods provide the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to become neighbors and friends, sharing pride in their community and an enhanced quality of life. An environment that provides solid construction and practical amenities surrounded by safe walkways and streets transforms the way residents view themselves and their neighborhood. When fear and desperation are replaced with hope, pride and possibility, you build more than a new home. You build a new way of life.
In 1995, the East Lake Meadows housing project in Atlanta was poverty-stricken and crime-ridden, with 40 percent of the 650 housing units deemed unlivable. Today, all residents in the Villages of East Lake live in modern, high-quality mixed-income housing – half in apartments that receive subsidy, and half at true market rents. Homes in the surrounding area have enjoyed a 3.8 x increase in value relative to the city of Atlanta, and all residents benefit from the addition of the East Lake Family YMCA, a high-quality grocery store, new community banks, and other amenities that improve the overall well-being of the neighborhood and surrounding area.