National recognition for the great work of YWoodlawn is well deserved, and makes us proud to be a partner in so many parts of this project. This award acknowledges what is already is happening in the Woodlawn community of Birmingham and highlights a model that can reduce poverty and provide housing for homeless families in other neighborhoods as well.
YWCA of Central Alabama took on a big challenge in a community that five years ago had 43 percent of the population below the poverty line and 30 percent of housing-stock abandoned and demolished. In announcing the 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff, the American Planning Association called the YWoodlawn Plan a catalyst for the broader community in Birmingham.
Congratulations to the YWCA and to every donor and every organization that has played a part. This is not the end, but the beginning, representing hope for Woodlawn and other communities where such a model of planning and partnership can create transformation.