Purpose Built Communities is a nationally renowned non-profit consulting firm that works side-by-side with community leaders, residents, and others to plan and implement holistic community revitalization efforts.
As the 19th of 28 total members of the Purpose Built Communities Network, REACH Riverside is working in partnership with Purpose Built Communities to create a vibrant community where all have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.
The Purpose Built Communities Model was pioneered in the East Lake Neighborhood in Atlanta, starting in the mid-1990s. In 2009, Tom Cousins, Warren Buffet and Julian Robertson founded Purpose Built Communities as a pro-bono consulting firm to help local leaders replicate the success of the East Lake revitalization in other parts of the country. The tremendous success of the East Lake revitalization is demonstrated by the statistics below.
East Lake Meadows in 1995
5% of fifth graders met state math standards
13 rate of employment. Median household income of $4536
Crime rate 18 times higher than the national average
Villages of East Lake Today
94% of fifth graders meet or exceed state math standards among top performing schools. 91% meet or exceed state reading and language arts standards.
100% of working age adults are employed, going to school, or are disabled. Median household income of $20,000 for working families receiving housing subsidy.
73% reduction in total crime.