New Affordable Townhomes Opening in Birmingham

By Melanie Lasoff Levs It is not often you hear of 1,200 families jostling to live in a newly built 64-unit townhome development. But that is roughly the number of application requests received by Hollyhand Property Management, the group that will be managing the Park at Wood Station. Hollyhand Development and Woodlawn Foundation, a nonprofit … Continue Reading →


2014: A Year of Progress for Purpose Built Communities

Our impact is tangible. Across the network of 10 Purpose Built Communities we now have 4,200 people living in high quality mixed-income housing; nearly 6,500 students are enrolled in our schools; 650 children attend early learning academies; and 175 program partners are engaged in the work. We added 2 new Network Members: Houston, TX and … Continue Reading →

Mike Goodrich, Chairman of the Woodlawn Foundation in Birmingham, AL

Woodlawn reaps rewards of Purpose Built revitalization model

Opinion Column By Mike Goodrich. Originally published in on November 12, 2014. Real change in Birmingham’s poorest neighborhoods is possible. In fact, it is happening. In the Woodlawn community, students are learning in a new STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts, math); new mixed-income homes are under construction; long-time homeowners have received new roofs … Continue Reading →