Mutual of America announced today that the Revitalization of the East Lake Community program was named an Honorable Mention recipient in the 2014 Community Partnership Award competition.
Nineteen years ago, the East Lake community of Atlanta was home to the notorious East Lake Meadows public housing project. Local developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins recognized that by investing comprehensively in a geographically defined neighborhood, it could be transformed into a viable, vibrant community.
The East Lake Foundation, working with residents and public and private partners, tackles community issues by focusing on mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness. Today, the Villages of East Lake is a mixed-income community of working families whose children excel in the classroom. Violent crime is down 90% and employment levels have skyrocketed to 70%.
“Nine other cities across the country are leading comprehensive redevelopment projects based on the success of East Lake’s blueprint,” said Daniel Shoy, Jr., President of the East Lake Foundation. “All have seen how significant investment in communities, combined with extensive services for families, can remove the barriers poverty creates.”
About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 190 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.
“All of the 2014 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need,” said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. “Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships.”
About Mutual of America
Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.