From My Perspective: We Can’t Bypass Discussions About Race

By Michelle L. Matthews Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities “White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way,” summarized a recent New York Times article about an Equality of Opportunity Project study. “Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their … Continue Reading →


Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) in Columbus, OH

PACT, a Purpose Built Communities Network Member in Columbus, Ohio, is the community quarterback organization focused on the Near East Side neighborhood where they are working with partners to implement a cradle-to-college education pipeline, mixed-income housing and community wellness programs and facilities to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. This short film tells the story of their progress to date and their plans for the future. The Ohio State University, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, the City of Columbus and Columbus City Schools are all partners in this effort. Watch


Don’t Leave the Community out of Community Revitalization

An African adage says “What you do FOR me but WITHOUT me, you do TO me.” Hear from Purpose Built Network Members how they have authentically engaged the community throughout the planning and implementation phases. Panelists share their overarching philosophy of community engagement, but also specific advice based on what has worked well and not so well. Moderator: John Majors, Vice President, Purpose Built Communities. Panelists: Trudy Bartley, Executive Director, PACT, Curt McPhail, Program Director, Northside Development Group, Eddy Moratin, Executive Director, LIFT Orlando Watch