Founded in 1980 to restore dilapidated commercial storefronts, Mt. Airy USA Community Development Corporation has expanded its mission to preserve, empower, and advance a vibrant, diverse neighborhood by stimulating development responsive to community needs. The CDC’s real estate development program aims to transform blighted, underutilized areas into local assets and has resulted in new commercial space as well as quality rental and “for sale” housing. To help ensure area businesses succeed, the CDC also offers numerous business services including business marketing and promotion, affordable workspace, and business development assistance. The CDC’s Housing Counseling program focuses on foreclosure prevention, home improvement, and financial literacy, and is credited with serving over 6,000 low to moderate income community members.