Then vs. Now

Then vs. NowThen: 1995

  • There were 650 dilapidated,  dangerous public housing apartment units
  • The crime rate was 18 times higher than the national average
  • The employment rate was only  13.5% and only 4% earned incomes over the poverty line
  • 59% of adults relied on welfare
  • Only 5% of the fifth graders at the local elementary school were able to meet or exceed state standards for math
  • Fewer than a third of the students in the neighborhood graduated from high school


  • The Villages of East Lake is a beautiful and thriving, mixed-income community
  • Violent crime has been reduced by 95%
  • All adults receiving government housing assistance are working or in job training
  • Only 5% of adults rely on welfare
  • In 2013, 98% of Drew Charter School students (grades 3 to 8) meet or exceed state standards for reading and language arts and 98% meet or exceed state standards for math
  • In 2012, the graduation rate for active participants in the East Lake Foundation's CREW Teens program was 90% and more than eight out of 10 grads went on to attend college

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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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