Community Development Corporations

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Argenta Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1992, the CDC has renovated more than 65 homes and buildings in downtown North Little Rock. The CDC currently manages 87 units of affordable apartment rentals, has won national awards for its historic preservation work, and provides homeownership counseling to over 400 families a year. Read more about Argenta Community Development Corporation...

Bethel New Life

A faith-based community development organization serving residents of the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago since 1979, Bethel New Life has invested over $650 million in a range of programs and initiatives aimed to reduce poverty.  Since its establishment, it has created over 1,000 units of affordable housing, facilitated the development of a mixed-use, transit-oriented development project around the “West Garfield” elevated transit stop, and has been a leader in developing a comprehensive asset-based approach to community development. Read more about Bethel New Life...

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Founded in 1967 to serve low and moderate-income residents in Chicago’s West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, and Avondale communities, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation has produced more than 1100 units of affordable homes and rental units. Membership and voting privileges are extended to individuals who live or work in the target area as well as organizations operating within the target area. In 1992, Bickerdike developed the food market El Mercado. Locally owned Cermak Produce serves as the anchor business and employs 30 persons—75% of employees are local residents. Read more about Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation...

Chicanos por la Causa

A statewide CDC in Arizona, Chicanos por la Causa currently manages over 4,000 units of affordable housing, valued at $110 million, operates three charter schools, owns a housing construction company, owns a 2,000-plus member credit union, and airs a weekly Spanish-language radio program on its activities. Read more about Chicanos por la Causa...

Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1977, Coastal Enterprises is known as a leader in rural development with a philosophy that looks to maintain a “triple bottom line” of achieving positive economic, equitable and environmental outcomes. The organization has made over $130 million in loans, thereby leveraging an additional $380 million, and has provided financing to 1,500 businesses. Read more about Coastal Enterprises, Inc....

Community Development Corporation of Utah

Founded in 1991, CDC of Utah assists low-income families achieve homeownership. People with disabilities, those living in substandard housing, those on public assistance who are seeking self-sufficiency, and people in danger of being homeless or institutionalized receive priority attention. To date, the group has assisted over 2,000 families in 126 communities throughout the state. Read more about Community Development Corporation of Utah...

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) aims to build healthy, vibrant, and safe neighborhoods with and for the diverse populations of the East Bay, including its Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  To do so, EBALDC develops and manages affordable apartments and homes, retail spaces for local, small businesses, and community centers, and delivers programs designed to foster increased economic opportunities for low-income families and individuals.  Since its establishment in 1975, EBALDC has invested more than $200 million in assets in the community, including a total Read more about East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation...

Fifth Avenue Committee

Founded in the late 1970s, the Fifth Avenue committee to date has developed more than 600 units of affordable housing for low and moderate-income families in over 100 buildings and has brought more than $300 million in direct investment for community development into South Brooklyn neighborhoods. Fifth Avenue's affiliate, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, a social purpose staffing company, helps more than 750 individuals a year to access decent jobs. Read more about Fifth Avenue Committee...

New Community Corporation

Started in 1968 as a way to provide affordable housing, today New Community Corporation (NCC) employs 600 local residents, manages 2,000 housing units, and owns roughly $500 million of assets. In 1990, NCC attracted Pathmart, supermarket, the first grocery store to open in Newark’s Central Ward since the 1968 riots, to engage in a joint venture of co-ownership. Pathmart’s sales per square foot reached almost double those of the chain’s average. Read more about New Community Corporation...

Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC

Organizing Neighborhood Equity, founded as a branch of Manna in 1997 and becoming an independent organization in 2005, has sought to blend community organizing and community development. ONE DC's work has involved tenant union advocacy work, as well as developing social enterprise business ventures that employ community residents. Read more about Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC...

Quitman County Development Organization

Founded in 1977 by civil rights activists, Quitman County Development Organization has developed affordable housing, owns a community credit union, provides grants to churches for economic development projects, and engages in a variety of childcare social services programs and microenterprise lending. Read more about Quitman County Development Organization...

Southeast Alabama Self-Help Association

Southeast Alabama Self-Help Association (SEASHA), formed in 1967, grew out of the Tuskegee Institute Educational Program, a tutorial program involving hundreds of Tuskegee students. Over the years, it has built or renovated over 300 affordable homes and developed nearly 300 units of affordable rental housing. It also administers a revolving loan fund that has provided $2.7 million in financing to area businesses. Read more about Southeast Alabama Self-Help Association...

Southeast Neighborhood Development Inc.

The largest of a number of CDCs in Indianapolis, Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) has invested more than $35 million in Indianapolis' southeast neighborhood since 1991. This money has enabled the CDC to repair more than 400 homes to prevent their very low-income owners from being forced into homelessness, to renovate 85 vacated homes, to restore 135 affordable apartments for residents ranging from senior citizens to families to artists, to renovate and lease 150,000 square feet of commercial space, to create or improve six parks, to plant hundreds of trees in the neighborhood, and to provide 300 youth with intensive work skills training.

Southern Mutual Help Association

Founded in 1969 as a community development corporation with the goal of improving the economic welfare of Louisiana cane workers, SMHA has expanded over the years while continuing its original advocacy work. The organization has created both rural housing and community development lending subsidiary organizations and has developed partnerships with national organizations, such as Rural LISC. Read more about Southern Mutual Help Association...

The Unity Council

The Unity Council (formerly called The Spanish Speaking Unity Council) has worked with the largely Latino community in the Fruitvale District of Oakland for the past four decades. Its programs, which reach over 12,000 people a year, include affordable housing development, small business assistance, job training, childcare, youth services and senior care. It also owns a subsidiary business (Peralta Service Corporation) that employs area residents on work crews for beautification projects.  Read more about The Unity Council...

Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Located in South Los Angeles, in a community whose unemployment rate hovers around 20% Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) has produced more than $60 million in physical development projects and created/retained more than 3,000 jobs in the South Los Angeles community, including the 57,000 square foot Vermont Slauson Retail Center, the 18,000 square foot Western Slauson Business Center, and the 10,000 square foot Business Enterprise Center. Read more about Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation...

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

ANDP was founded in 1991 to support community development corporations. In 1998, it established the Community Redevelopment Loan and Investment Fund, which has helped finance more than 8,000 affordable housing units to date. Read more about Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership...

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Argenta Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1992, the CDC has renovated more than 65 homes and buildings in downtown North Little Rock. The CDC currently manages 87 units of affordable apartment rentals, has won national awards for its historic preservation work, and provides homeownership counseling to over 400 families a year. Read more about Argenta Community Development Corporation...

Bethel New Life

A faith-based community development organization serving residents of the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago since 1979, Bethel New Life has invested over $650 million in a range of programs and initiatives aimed to reduce poverty.  Since its establishment, it has created over 1,000 units of affordable housing, facilitated the development of a mixed-use, transit-oriented development project around the “West Garfield” elevated transit stop, and has been a leader in developing a comprehensive asset-based approach to community development. Read more about Bethel New Life...

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Founded in 1967 to serve low and moderate-income residents in Chicago’s West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, and Avondale communities, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation has produced more than 1100 units of affordable homes and rental units. Membership and voting privileges are extended to individuals who live or work in the target area as well as organizations operating within the target area. In 1992, Bickerdike developed the food market El Mercado. Locally owned Cermak Produce serves as the anchor business and employs 30 persons—75% of employees are local residents. Read more about Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation...

Chicanos por la Causa

A statewide CDC in Arizona, Chicanos por la Causa currently manages over 4,000 units of affordable housing, valued at $110 million, operates three charter schools, owns a housing construction company, owns a 2,000-plus member credit union, and airs a weekly Spanish-language radio program on its activities. Read more about Chicanos por la Causa...

Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1977, Coastal Enterprises is known as a leader in rural development with a philosophy that looks to maintain a “triple bottom line” of achieving positive economic, equitable and environmental outcomes. The organization has made over $130 million in loans, thereby leveraging an additional $380 million, and has provided financing to 1,500 businesses. Read more about Coastal Enterprises, Inc....

Community Development Corporation of Utah

Founded in 1991, CDC of Utah assists low-income families achieve homeownership. People with disabilities, those living in substandard housing, those on public assistance who are seeking self-sufficiency, and people in danger of being homeless or institutionalized receive priority attention. To date, the group has assisted over 2,000 families in 126 communities throughout the state. Read more about Community Development Corporation of Utah...

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) aims to build healthy, vibrant, and safe neighborhoods with and for the diverse populations of the East Bay, including its Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  To do so, EBALDC develops and manages affordable apartments and homes, retail spaces for local, small businesses, and community centers, and delivers programs designed to foster increased economic opportunities for low-income families and individuals.  Since its establishment in 1975, EBALDC has invested more than $200 million in assets in the community, including a total Read more about East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation...

Fifth Avenue Committee

Founded in the late 1970s, the Fifth Avenue committee to date has developed more than 600 units of affordable housing for low and moderate-income families in over 100 buildings and has brought more than $300 million in direct investment for community development into South Brooklyn neighborhoods. Fifth Avenue's affiliate, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, a social purpose staffing company, helps more than 750 individuals a year to access decent jobs. Read more about Fifth Avenue Committee...

New Community Corporation

Started in 1968 as a way to provide affordable housing, today New Community Corporation (NCC) employs 600 local residents, manages 2,000 housing units, and owns roughly $500 million of assets. In 1990, NCC attracted Pathmart, supermarket, the first grocery store to open in Newark’s Central Ward since the 1968 riots, to engage in a joint venture of co-ownership. Pathmart’s sales per square foot reached almost double those of the chain’s average. Read more about New Community Corporation...

Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC

Organizing Neighborhood Equity, founded as a branch of Manna in 1997 and becoming an independent organization in 2005, has sought to blend community organizing and community development. ONE DC's work has involved tenant union advocacy work, as well as developing social enterprise business ventures that employ community residents. Read more about Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC...

Quitman County Development Organization

Founded in 1977 by civil rights activists, Quitman County Development Organization has developed affordable housing, owns a community credit union, provides grants to churches for economic development projects, and engages in a variety of childcare social services programs and microenterprise lending. Read more about Quitman County Development Organization...

Southeast Alabama Self-Help Association

Southeast Alabama Self-Help Association (SEASHA), formed in 1967, grew out of the Tuskegee Institute Educational Program, a tutorial program involving hundreds of Tuskegee students. Over the years, it has built or renovated over 300 affordable homes and developed nearly 300 units of affordable rental housing. It also administers a revolving loan fund that has provided $2.7 million in financing to area businesses. Read more about Southeast Alabama Self-Help Association...

Southeast Neighborhood Development Inc.

The largest of a number of CDCs in Indianapolis, Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) has invested more than $35 million in Indianapolis' southeast neighborhood since 1991. This money has enabled the CDC to repair more than 400 homes to prevent their very low-income owners from being forced into homelessness, to renovate 85 vacated homes, to restore 135 affordable apartments for residents ranging from senior citizens to families to artists, to renovate and lease 150,000 square feet of commercial space, to create or improve six parks, to plant hundreds of trees in the neighborhood, and to provide 300 youth with intensive work skills training.

Southern Mutual Help Association

Founded in 1969 as a community development corporation with the goal of improving the economic welfare of Louisiana cane workers, SMHA has expanded over the years while continuing its original advocacy work. The organization has created both rural housing and community development lending subsidiary organizations and has developed partnerships with national organizations, such as Rural LISC. Read more about Southern Mutual Help Association...

The Unity Council

The Unity Council (formerly called The Spanish Speaking Unity Council) has worked with the largely Latino community in the Fruitvale District of Oakland for the past four decades. Its programs, which reach over 12,000 people a year, include affordable housing development, small business assistance, job training, childcare, youth services and senior care. It also owns a subsidiary business (Peralta Service Corporation) that employs area residents on work crews for beautification projects.  Read more about The Unity Council...

Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Located in South Los Angeles, in a community whose unemployment rate hovers around 20% Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) has produced more than $60 million in physical development projects and created/retained more than 3,000 jobs in the South Los Angeles community, including the 57,000 square foot Vermont Slauson Retail Center, the 18,000 square foot Western Slauson Business Center, and the 10,000 square foot Business Enterprise Center. Read more about Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation...

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

ANDP was founded in 1991 to support community development corporations. In 1998, it established the Community Redevelopment Loan and Investment Fund, which has helped finance more than 8,000 affordable housing units to date. Read more about Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership...