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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NCAA Men’s and Women’s Teams Announced for Second-Annual East Lake Cup Presented by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Collegiate Match Play Championship

August 9, 2016 - Golf Channel announced today eight of the top NCAA Division I collegiate golf programs have committed to compete in the annual East Lake Cup presented by Hewlett Packard Enterpr...

East Lake Foundation Welcomes Four New Members to its Board of Directors

July 21, 2016 - On June 29th, the East Lake Foundation’s Board of Directors elected four new board members: Derek Bottoms, Phil Jacobs, Erika James and Rodney K. Sanders. These four leaders i...

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