The nonprofit organization, created and staffed by residents since 1992, managed to transform Peoplestown into a thriving, safe community. PRC has combated crime with a community watch and safety program, created a partnership with the Atlanta police department, added a thriving book club, and is assisting in the renovation of Peoplestown's D.H. Stanton Park.
PRC is committed to building and maintaining an affordable neighborhood, while helping protect their longtime residents from gentrification and tax increases that could force them out of the neighborhood.
Resident Wendy Scruggs-Murray, who has lived in Peoplestown 21 years, first got involved with PRC as a volunteer in an effort to help beautify the area. Now she is the community development manager of PRC, working directly with the community members, handling outreach and responding to citizen demands. Her principal job is to educate and beautify, leading programs about various neighborhood violations, health codes and maintaining overgrown lots. She also heads PRIDE, Peoplestown Residents Improving and Developing our Environment, and KNIT, Keeping Neighbors Informed and in Touch.
Adding to the community spirit, projects such as the renewal of D.H. Stanton Park, is expected to foster more community activities, with the addition of a new baseball field, tennis and basketball courts and indoor and outdoor walking and jogging areas.
Funding of PRC comes mostly from private foundations. With additional support from the city of Atlanta, these funds have successfully empowered the neighborhood and given Peoplestown a new lease on life according to Armour.
Armour's long-term goal for Peoplestown is to place a computer in each home in the neighborhood. As a first step, computer training classes and assistance have already begun.
Peoplestown's diverse residents span a strata of ages, professions and income levels. Instead of being separated by financial brackets, Peoplestown strives to work with all residents and welcomes the new along with natives. By creating a community that protects those on their block, Peoplestown lives up to its name and is centered on its people as well as its rep as a comfortable place to live.