Impact Newsletter: Women of the Westside (March 2023)



Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum & Her Work to Address Inequity

This Women’s History Month, we’re spotlighting visionary leaders in our Westside community both past and present – including Westside Future Fund Board Chair and life-long educator Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.

When she first arrived in Atlanta in 2002, Tatum stepped into a critical role for the success of the City. She was named President of Spelman College – a leading educational institution for Black women not only here in Atlanta but around the world.

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Helen Smith Price Recalls Life on the Westside

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Around Town

Home on the Westside


Buying Blight and Beautifying the Westside

During the first half of the 20th century, the historic Westside was a bustling middle-class Black community with manicured neighborhoods – but as socioeconomic inequities set in, so did neglect.

Over the years, many properties on the Westside became vacant, abandoned and blighted, leaving rotting shells of former homes engulfed in overgrown vegetation. The unsightly nature of the situation pushed out families, and drew in crime.

Lee Harrop, vice president of Real Estate Development at Westside Future Fund (WFF), says it’s a cycle that without intervention will only get worse, which is why the organization is working to purchase as much of the blighted property as possible to help beautify and sustain the community.

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A Big Year on the Horizon

Westside Future Fund’s (WFF) Home on the Westside program is set to complete 45 affordable homes in the community by the end of 2023.

The plans include 33 rental units across five multi-family properties and 12 single family homes. All of the properties are located within the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods, including several single family homes on the blocks surrounding Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park.

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In the News

Volunteer Spotlight

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Volunteer Opportunities

Come and join our Volunteers Corps this April as we celebrate National Volunteer Month through service in our Westside community. Sign up today to help transform the Westside into a community that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud to call home!

Fun and Games with Seniors – April 12 from 10am to 12pm

Come out for a morning of fun and games at the New Horizon Senior Center. Volunteers are needed to serve snacks and lead games with the seniors. We will play games like BINGO, The Price is Right and more. Sign up here.