Tyler Perry to donate $750K to keep Atlanta senior citizens in their homes

September 26, 2019 Atlanta - Portrait of Tyler Perry in Tyler Perry Studios on Thursday, September 26, 2019. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

The film star and philanthropist is once again giving back to the community in a major way with a $750,000 donation.

According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Perry’s donation to the city of Atlanta is to prevent legacy residents from being displaced by rising property values, which could be a direct result of his own studio’s success. The Tyler Perry studio owner made his concerns known to Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens, then took it a step further with his donation.

“Atlanta’s growth and prosperity should not come at the expense of our legacy residents — many of whom have been priced out of their homes in previous years,” said Mayor Dickens. “Tyler Perry has been engaged in our ongoing conversations around legacy resident retention, and he told me he wanted to do something to support these efforts. Thanks to his generosity, more Atlantans will be able to remain in the communities they built.”

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Perry took to his Instagram to share the news, saying “So… I knew that the success of my studio would affect all the property values around it. But make no mistake the seniors on fixed incomes around the studio will not lose their homes because of past due or rising taxes… no sir!! We ain’t doing that to our legacy. Thank you, Mayor Dickens and Invest Atlanta for caring about our folks.”

Now that is how you use your influence and resources to not only get community support, but to give back to that very community.

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