Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association

Since 1996, the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) has worked to strengthen the community of Delridge in West Seattle by preserving affordable housing, improving the pedestrian environment, supporting local artists, and assisting low-income children. Among other initiatives, DNDA manages nearly 150 units of affordable housing, including two model community-building efforts. The first began in 2002 when the Seattle Public Library decided to create a Delridge branch after a proposal by DNDA to build it with 19 units of affordable housing above it. Read more about Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association...

Capitol Hill Housing

Initially formed in response to economic disinvestment in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood, Capital Hill Housing (CHH) grew rapidly within its first few years, including the development of a Home Improvement Loan Program and Homesharing for Seniors Program. Since 1976, CHH has helped developed more than 1,000 units of affordable housing and now owns 42 buildings in Seattle. Read more about Capitol Hill Housing...

CommonWealth Central Credit Union

CommonWealth Central Credit Union has served Santa Clara County since 1958. The credit union has over 100 employees, six locations, and serves more than 40,000 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Santa Clara County. Read more about CommonWealth Central Credit Union...

Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley

NHSSV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing programs and services that promote and support responsible home ownership as a means of revitalizing lower-income neighborhoods. NHSSV was organized in 1995 by a group of local citizens with support from the City of San José Department of Housing and is a member of the national Neighborhood Works network of over two hundred community based organizations. To date, NHSSV's HomeOwnership Center has educated and counseled over 5,000 prospective homebuyers. Read more about Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley...

Lenders for Community Development

Founded in 1993, Lenders for Community Development (LCD) has assisted over 100 families become homeowners through its individual development account program, has made 250 small business loans to low-income individuals, financed the construction of 3,600 units of affordable housing, provided 15 loans for community facilities, and helped finance the construction of one of the first permanent facility for San Jose's National Hispanic University. Read more about Lenders for Community Development...

Housing Trust of Santa Clara County

Many cities and counties have housing trust funds, but the structure of Santa Clara County's housing trust fund is unique. Between 1999 and 2001, an initial $20 million fund endowment was raised through a collaborative public-private effort. Contributions came from private citizens, employers and employer foundations, County government, the City of San Jose, and 14 other Santa Clara County cities and towns. To date, the Trust has invested more than $46 million and leveraged over $1.8 billion to create over 9,400 housing opportunities. Read more about Housing Trust of Santa Clara County...

First Community Housing

Founded in 1986 by two San Jose developers, this nonprofit has created housing for over 1,200 families with another 500 units in development. The firm has been recognized for its incorporation of green building materials in numerous green building journals. Read more about First Community Housing...


Founded in 1987, Rise (formerly named the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance) works in partnership with nonprofit, financial, and governmental organizations to redevelop properties, strengthen neighborhoods, and build more equitable communities in the St. Louis area. In addition to developing market-rate and affordable housing, the nonprofit provides capacity-building technical assistance and promotes community development policy and affordable housing advocacy in the region.  To date, Rise has developed more than 4,000 homes and 60,000 square feet of commercial space, and has provided $2.7 million in grants to boost the capacity of 20 community development organizations.

Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group

Formed in 1981 by a group of residents, small business owners, and community leaders, the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) seeks to revitalize the old North St. Louis area in a way that respects its historical, cultural, and urban character.  Committed to comprehensive community revitalization, ONSLRG’s work focuses on rehabilitating historic buildings, developing market-rate and affordable housing that blends in with the neighborhood, coordinating beautification efforts, and sponsoring community-building events, including a seasonal weekly farmers market.

Emerson Park Development Corporation

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.

DeSales Community Development

Formed in 1976 to promote investment in St. Louis’ Fox Park and Tower Grover East neighborhoods, DeSales Community Development (formerly known as DeSales Community Housing Corporation) works to foster diverse, healthy urban communities with quality housing.  The CDC is focused on developing multi-family housing projects and currently owns 265 units.  In 2004, DeSales established its own property management company, Fox Grove Management, to ensure its properties’ sound management and health.  Fox Grove now manages over 1,600 units across the city.

Beyond Housing

Established in 1975, Beyond Housing provides a range of housing, education, social, and economic development programs aimed at helping communities thrive.  Its core project, the 24:1 Initiative, is a place-based, resident-led development effort focused on the 24 municipalities in the Normandy Schools Collaborative area. The Initiative includes an IDA program, which is credited with helping more than 1,000 families save over $1 million over the past decade, and several programs to support students, including $500 college savings accounts for children entering kindergarten and a student-focused IDA program to encourage savings for college expenses.  To create and ensure affordable housing opportunities, the Initiative established a community land trust in 2011, which has spurred over $100 million in economic development, including new homes, a bank, a grocery store, and a cinema.

Reach CDC

Portland's oldest CDC, REACH serves seven inner southeast neighborhoods and provides affordable housing for over 1,000 people. Among its achievements, REACH has built, renovated and preserved over 1,300 housing units. These units include apartments and homes for rent or home ownership, including apartment buildings with on-site services for formerly homeless people, mentally disabled adults and the elderly; It has also provided no-cost home repairs for over 500 low-income home owners, led tenant leadership development programs and, supported local business district renovation. Read more about Reach CDC...

Housing Development Center

The Housing Development Center (HDC) is a nonprofit project development organization that provides technical assistance to community development corporations in the metro Portland region. Since incorporating in 1993, HDC has completed work on over 3,000 units of affordable and special needs housing, ensuring that these projects move smoothly through the complex process of acquisition, financing, and construction management. Read more about Housing Development Center...

Hacienda CDC

Founded in 1992 in North Porland, Hacienda CDC has developed more than 380 units of housing serving over 1,200 residents. It also helped develop a healthcare clinic serving the uninsured. The CDC continues to pursue a wide range of programs, including financial and computer literacy training, homeownership counseling, community center development, and micro-enterprise business support. Read more about Hacienda CDC...

West Pittsburgh Partnership for Regional Development, Inc.

West Pittsburgh Partnership for Regional Development aims to strengthen and revitalize the western neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Main areas of work include community planning and advocacy, housing development, business assistance, business recruitment and site location assistance, and employment and workforce development. Read more about West Pittsburgh Partnership for Regional Development, Inc....

Neighborhood Allies (formerly Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development)

Founded in 1983 as the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, Neighborhood Allies focuses on creating vibrant communities in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)—together investing $100 million in Pittsburgh neighborhoods and leveraging nearly $300 million in other funds.  In 2014, the organization launched as a “new and improved 21st century community development intermediary” with 3 core goals:  1) creating community partnerships; 2) connecting distressed communities with vetted resources; and 3) communicating its progress and success.   It runs two grant programs—the Catalytic Program, which makes $25,000-$75,000 grants to support innovative, collaborative, and inspiring ideas to enhance Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and Small & Simple Grants, which makes $15,000 grants to support strategic, small-scale, community-serving projects.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation began in 1980 with a focus on real estate development in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, but over time it has expanded into community organizing and workforce development. To date, the group has developed nearly 300 units of affordable housing. In 1989, it started its community-based, healthcare employment training center JobLinks, which, in 2013, placed over 170 people in jobs with an average wage of $10-11 per hour. In 2013, Joblinks added an on-site financial center, the first ever in Pittsburgh, to ensure its workforce clients could also access financial education and counseling.

Lawrenceville United

Established in 2001, Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life of Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders through community engagement and advocacy, community restoration and beautification, and community planning and development.  With over 900 members, LU helped steward more than $30 million in area development in 2013 by facilitating a community engagement process designed to build consensus and support.  To boost neighborhood engagement and pride, many of LU’s programs also focus on greening, beautification, and restoration.

Lawrenceville Corporation

Lawrenceville Corporation is a community development corporation that focuses on bringing investment to the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville. Its achievements include the development of 33 new townhouses, the redevelopment of a historic public bathing facility into an office space for several professional services firms, and a street-front façades program that has improved over 200 storefronts.