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.

Our Network Members are transforming the landscapes in their communities:

The Bayou District in New Orleans

The Bayou District Foundation has constructed and leased 685 of 900 planned mixed-income apartments in Columbia Park at the Bayou District, split equally between low-income, middle-income and market-rate residents. An additional 121 affordable senior residences opened in 2013, and several affordable single-family homes have been completed as well.

The Meadows Community in Indianapolis

The Meadows Community Foundation has completed the first phase of housing in Avondale Meadows, with over 200 multi-family mixed-income apartments completed and occupied. Soon to come: 800 new multi-family, mixed-income homes, including apartments, townhomes and single-family houses, as well as 150 affordable housing options for seniors. The housing options target a broad array of incomes, with rents ranging from 30 percent of Area Median Income to market rate homes.