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Founded on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, the East Lake Foundation (ELF) was established in 1995 to lead the revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood. Our mission is to help residents break the cycle of poverty through affordable housing, quality education, community wellness and connections with the broader community.
Collaborating with residents and public and private partners, the East Lake Foundation transformed one of the nation’s most distressed public housing projects into a thriving model for community redevelopment. The new community includes: The Villages of East Lake, an award-winning mixed income community; the Charles R. Drew Charter School, serving more than 1500 students age 3 through grade 11; the East Lake Family YMCA; the East Lake Sheltering Arms Early Learning Center; the public Charlie Yates Golf Course, home of The First Tee of East Lake golf and life skills program; and Publix, the first grocery store in the community in over 40 years. As part of the revitalization effort, the Foundation creates and funds educational, recreational and self-sufficiency programs for community residents.