Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Urban Housing Solutions

Established in 1991, Urban Housing Solutions seeks to provide affordable housing for people with unique needs, and to revitalize and enhance Nashville’s neighborhoods.  To do so, it owns and operates 30 properties encompassing over 900 apartments and 17,000 square feet of commercial space, which it provides at affordable rates to support neighborhood start-ups.  The nonprofit also provides social service referrals and transportation to residents needing supportive services.

New Level Community Development Corporation

Focused on empowering Nashville communities and residents, New Level Community Development Corporation develops affordable housing and provides a range of financial education and homeownership programs and trainings.  Its matched savings account program helps families build assets by providing a 2:1 match up to $4,000.  Development projects include the renovation of 11 foreclosed and vacant homes in North Nashville into affordable rentals, as well as an 8-unit rental project downtown.

Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1999 by Nashville’s Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation aims to connect vulnerable people to opportunities and services so that they can overcome adversity, enhance their quality of life, and participate in the community’s revitalization.  Projects include the redevelopment of a dilapidated carwash into an 18,000 square foot mixed-used project and a 25-unit affordable housing complex for seniors.  The CDC also runs a workforce development program which provides self and skills assessments, soft-skills training, life-skills training, specialized industry training, and job placements services.

Be a Helping Hand

Be a Helping Hand develops affordable housing in the North Nashville area.  Since its establishment in 2004, the nonprofit has developed or renovated 30 affordable units.  The organization is part of the North Nashville Consortium, a partnership of four area nonprofits that are stabilizing North Nashville neighborhoods by purchasing and rehabilitating foreclosed, vacant, and abandoned properties.  With $3 million in HUD funding, the group plans to renovate 40 units to rent to low-income Nashville families.

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.