The SunTrust Foundation donated $5 million to the Westside Future Fund, a nonprofit focused on revitalizing a few of the city’s poorer communities, which include English Avenue and Vine City. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)
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SunTrust gives $5M to fund Atlanta’s Westside affordable housing efforts

Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods could soon see more affordable housing options thanks to a generous donation. 

The SunTrust Foundation donated $5 million to the Westside Future Fund, a nonprofit focused on revitalizing a few of the city’s poorer communities, which include English Avenue and Vine City. 

The donation, the largest gift in the foundation’s history, comes as the area is undergoing a rapid redevelopment, including the Atlanta Beltline Westside expansion. 


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The latest venture is a part of the Westside Future Fund’s efforts to reinvigorate an impoverished community often flanked by crime and suffering from low wages. According to the fund, roughly 800 households earn less than $20,000 per year. 

In recent years, the fund has worked with residents on job training and crime reduction efforts and previously won a $30 million HUD grant to bring affordable housing to the area.  


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