Founded in 1985, the Emerson Park Development Corporation aims to build a stronger, safer, and healthier East St. Louis. The CDC partners with a range of other community organizations to build new units and renovate existing housing—projects which create affordable rental and job opportunities for area residents. Committed to job training, the CDC runs several initiatives targeted toward youth, returning citizens, and other underserved, unemployed community residents. These include a weatherization program that aims to decrease low-income seniors’ and veterans’ energy costs while providing training and certification to 30 to 50 people a year.
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