Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), formed in 1984, is a community-based planning and organizing group in the low-income Dudley area of Roxbury, Boston, home to 24,000 residents. To ensure community control, DSNI is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors, which includes 18 adult residents and 4 youth, and provides equal representation to the community’s four major cultures:  African American, Cape Verdean, Latino, and White.  The nonprofit works closely with Dudley Neighbors Incorporated (DNI), the community land trust it formed in 1988 to develop the neighborhood’s comprehensive plan.  DSNI currently has three strategic focuses:  community empowerment, sustainable economic development, and youth opportunities/development.

East Little Havana CDC

East Little Havana CDC focuses on revitalizing commercial corridors and developing affordable housing in Miami’s East Little Havana neighborhood, where over 50 percent of residents live in poverty. Since its establishment in 1984, the CDC has developed 13 buildings, which include 569 affordable low-income residential units and 11 commercial units for small businesses.

University Community Development Corporation

Established by Clark Atlanta University in 1988 and reorganized in 1999 to support the broader Atlanta University Center Consortium, the University Community Development Corporation (UCDC) aims to create safe, vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities in and around the Atlanta University Center (AUC) through economic and social development initiatives.  Its housing development projects are credited with investing over $6 million in the AUC area, resulting in 25 new and 26 rehabbed single-family homes.  In partnership with the city and community partners, UCDC is collaborating on a range of waste, energy, transportation, safety, and urban agriculture projects designed to demonstrate best practices in sustainability and result in more sustainable, resilient, and just neighborhoods.

University Community Development Corporation

Established by Clark Atlanta University in 1988 and reorganized in 1999 to support the broader Atlanta University Center Consortium, the University Community Development Corporation (UCDC) aims to create safe, vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities in and around the Atlanta University Center (AUC) through economic and social development initiatives.  Its housing development projects are credited with investing over $6 million in the AUC area, resulting in 25 new and 26 rehabbed single-family homes.  In partnership with the city and community partners, UCDC is collaborating on a range of waste, energy, transportation, safety, and urban agriculture projects designed to demonstrate best practices in sustainability and result in more sustainable, resilient, and just neighborhoods.

Beulah Land Development Corporation (BLDC)

Established in 1994, Beulah Land Development Corporation (BLDC) is a faith-based CDC working to eliminate blight and empower residents in New Haven’s urban neighborhoods.  To do so, the CDC focuses on renovating New Haven properties and selling them at affordable prices to low and moderate income residents.  Achievements include the development of 12 units of supportive senior rental housing and 20 units of tri-level townhomes.

Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

Kalima Rose and Teddy Kỳ-Nam Miller

This paper offers a roadmap to face challenges in the housing sector and secure the nation’s future. The Obama Administration’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, Affordable Care Act investments in health promotion, the recent Supreme Court victory for advocates challenging exclusionary housing policies, the deepening engagement of philanthropy, the growing demand for investments that improve sustainability and climate resiliency, and robust organizing by communities—all this adds up to the best opportunity in years to transform the nation’s housing infrastructure into an engine of health, opportunity, and prosperity for all. 

Economic Distress and Resurgence in U.S. Central Cities: Concepts, Causes, and Policy Levers

Yolanda K. Kodrzycki and Ana Patricia Muñoz

This paper provides a review of the literature on U.S. central city growth and distress during the second half of the twentieth century.It finds that city growth tended to be higher in metropolitan areas with favorable weather, higher growth, and greater human capital, while distress was strongly correlated with city-level manufacturing legacy. The article affirms that distress has been highly persistent, but that some cities have achieved resurgence through a combination of strong leadership, collaboration across sectors and institutions, clear and broad-based strategies, and significant infrastructure investments. Finally, the article explores measurement issues by comparing two methodologies used to identify poorly performing central cities: comparisons across a comprehensive national cross-section of cities and comparisons within smaller samples of similar cities. It finds that these approaches have produced similar assessments of a city’s status, except in some cases where the city’s progress has been uneven across time or with respect to alternative criteria. 

Beyond Ferguson: Empowering Low-Income People to Build the Future of Their Communities

Dorothy Stoneman
George Warren Brown School of Social Work

This perspective was created from Dorothy Stoneman’s address during a Center for Social Development 20th Anniversary event at Washington University in St. Louis on February 3, 2015. The Center for Social Development invited Dr. Stoneman to tell the story of YouthBuild and how it relates to the events of Ferguson. 

Neighborhood Development Alliance

Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA) builds affordable housing and empowers communities through financial education and guidance.  Since its establishment in 1999, the nonprofit is credited with building or rehabbing 175 homes on the West Side of Saint Paul, developing real estate projects totaling $30,000,000 in the East Metro area, providing homebuyer education to 4,500 people, and helping 5,000 families avoid foreclosure.

Southeast Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1975 as Southeast Development Inc. (SDI) to serve as the development arm of the Southeast Community Organization (SECO), an umbrella community organization in Baltimore, Southeast Community Development Corporation initially focused on developing affordable housing and commercial projects.  In 2000, SDI separated from SECO and adopted a broader mission—to promote the healthy, dynamic, and diverse communities of Southeast Baltimore.  Today, the CDC offers comprehensive homeownership education services, including financial counseling, first-time homeownership counseling, and foreclosure prevention counseling. It is also the only city nonprofit offering on-line classes, evening and weekend appointments, and bi-lingual services.  Its commercial projects include the redevelopment of two theaters and a school into a performing arts center, a public library, and youth center.  Also focused on sustainable community revitalization, the CDC has a green office building, has helped “green” area schools, and has partnered with other community groups to plant hundreds of trees in the area.

Park Heights Renaissance

Established in 2007 to implement the neighborhood’s master plan, Park Heights Renaissance (PHR) is a CDC dedicated to revitalizing the 1,500 acre Park Heights community, the largest redevelopment effort in Maryland history.  Since the plan’s approval in 2008, several affordable housing developments have been created, including Renaissance Gardens, a 60-unit apartment complex for limited-income seniors.  The redevelopment’s next phase will focus on a 50-acre area, which encompasses hundreds of vacant properties.  The CDC also provides a range of community and human services for area residents.

NACEDA Summit

August 29th, 2016 to August 31st, 2016
Cleveland, OH

The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) Summit is on the road again to a city with some of the most mature and innovative community development organizations in the country. They have partnered with the Ohio CDC Association and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress to showcase leading-edge initiatives that improve lives and build prosperity in low- and moderate-income communities. Read more about NACEDA Summit...