About the East Lake Foundation

Established in 1995, the Foundation turned one of the nation’s most violent public housing projects into a national model for community redevelopment. East Lake has evolved from being a great example of community redevelopment into being a great neighborhood in its own right. By working with residents and expert public and private partners, the Foundation now provides comprehensive programs and facilities that attract people of all ages and incomes seeking a sense of community.

Our Approach

The East Lake Foundation helps families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness.

East Lake Today

Today, the East Lake community includes The Villages of East Lake, a mixed-income apartment community; Charles R. Drew Charter School, Atlanta’s first charter school, serving students in Pre-K through grade 12; East Lake Family YMCA; East Lake Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center; the East Lake Early Learning Academy; and the nine hole, public Charlie Yates Golf Course, home to The First Tee® of East Lake, a year-round golf instruction and life skills program targeted to East Lake youth.


Mixed-Income Housing

  • The Villages of East Lake

    • Resident and Community Support Program

Cradle-To-College Education

  • Drew College and Career Readiness
  • Drew Charter School Office of Extended Services
  • East Lake Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center
  • Early Learning Academy at the East Lake YMCA

Community Wellness

  • The First Tee of East Lake
  • East Lake Healthy Connections
  • Start: ME East Lake
  • Charlie Yates Golf Course
  • East Lake Family YMCA

Upcoming Events

East Lake Foundation News

James M. Cox Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Grant to Support Early Childhood Education at Charles R. Drew Charter School

March 13, 2017 - The James M. Cox Foundation announced a five-year $2.5 million grant to the East Lake Foundation to further early childhood education through Charles R. Drew Charter School. The...

The East Lake Foundation Honors Tom and Ann Cousins at Inaugural Party on the Green Event

March 7, 2017 - The East Lake Foundation will host the inaugural Party on the Green event on April 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic East Lake Golf Club. This signature event, proudly prese...

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