Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Manchester Citizen Corporation

Established in 1965 in response to widespread blight and abandonment, Manchester Citizens Corporation (MCC) focuses on planning, building, promoting, and maintaining Pittsburgh's largest historic area, the thriving Manchester Historic District.  Its strategy is unique in that it relies on historic preservation to achieve economic development.  For instance, MCC is currently renovating dozens of foreclosed historic properties to create 19 new units.  Previous developments include both affordable and market-rate single dwelling, multi-family, and senior housing.

East End Community Services

Established in 1998, East End Community Services provides a range of programs that help residents of East Dayton succeed and break the cycle of generational poverty.  In 2006, it worked with the Twin Towers neighborhood (an area where about a quarter of the housing stock was vacant and deteriorating) and other local nonprofits to create a comprehensive housing strategy, which was then adopted by the City.  Subsequently, between 2010 and 2013, East End worked with local partners to actualize the community’s plan, resulting in the development of 84 new homes representing an $18 million investment in the neighborhood.  East End is now working with community members on a plan to revitalize a core thoroughfare, Xenia Avenue, with the goals of improving safety, attracting new businesses, and creating jobs.

St. Mary Development Corporation

Founded in 1989 by two social activists committed to helping the poor, St. Mary Development Corporation seeks to ensure that every person has a safe, affordable place to live.  To date it is credited with creating more than 3,500 units of affordable housing and connecting more than 800 low-income seniors and 300 families in the Dayton region to services including healthcare, food assistance, transportation, and financial education.

Community Development Corporation Resource Consortium

Established to bring together agencies and businesses located west of Dayton’s Miami River in support of economic change and grassroots community development initiatives, Community Development Corporation Resource Consortium (CDCRC) focuses on helping these groups collectively leverage resources, increase capacity, and gain access to non-traditional funding sources.  Its work has enabled more than 500 families to maintain their homes, get a new car, repair their credit, or start a business.

CityWide Development Corporation

Formed in 1972 by a coalition of local business leaders, neighborhood representatives, and the city government, CityWide Development Corporation works to help Dayton-area businesses create jobs and strengthen the city’s neighborhoods.  The nonprofit runs several loan programs, including a microloan fund, aimed at helping residents start or grow businesses.  It is also spearheading a downtown housing initiative that aims to create 2,500 housing units by 2020, primarily by redeveloping vacant buildings along main streets.

Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC)

Established in 1954, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) focuses on attracting, retaining, and expanding sustainable jobs in the Lake Champlain region.  To do so, GBIC has developed seven industrial parks and helps businesses identify and connect to capital, financing, workforce development and training programs, and other needed resources.  GBIC also coordinates the creation of The Chittenden County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), an annual report authored by citizen work groups that documents all economic development activities in the county.

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 Pathmark, the first grocery store to open in Newark’s Central Ward since the 1968 riots, to engage in a joint venture of co-ownership. Pathmark’s sales per square foot reached almost double those of the chain’s average. NCC has since sold its stake in Pathmark, but continues to produce revenue through its Extended Care Facility, a full-service nursing home that currently maintains a 180-bed capacity and serves as an economic anchor for a variety of jobs and services. Surpluses from the facility are invested in other NCC operations such as day care and medical support for seniors.  NCC also runs several social enterprises as well as a federally-insured credit union.

Unified Vailsburg Services Organization

Founded in 1972 by a coalition of clergy, civic leaders, and area residents, Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO) aims to create a stable and compassionate community in Vailsburg, an area in Newark’s West Ward.  In addition to providing services to around 1,000 people a day, UVSO owns and manages 17 buildings in the community, supports an active network of block associations, and has developed 180 units of housing and 55,000 square feet of commercial space. Read more about Unified Vailsburg Services Organization...

Tri-City Peoples Corporation

Tri-City Peoples Corporation, established in 1966, works across Newark, East Orange, Irvington, and surrounding New Jersey communities to facilitate social and economic self-sufficiency and promote civic participation in community development.  With an in-house construction crew, the CDC focuses on rehabilitating, reconstructing, and remodeling properties to improve the area’s housing stock.  The CDC also provides a range of services including free home buying, home preservation, budget, and credit counseling to more than 8,500 people a year. Read more about Tri-City Peoples Corporation...

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD)

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) aims to re-develop Lincoln Park—an 11-acre, four-block, former industrial site in Newark—into a “green” arts and cultural district.  LPCCD’s plan, which is based on the community’s vision, includes sustainable mixed-income housing units, annual music festivals, historic restoration projects, urban agriculture, and green jobs.  Successes to date include the completion of 10 LEED certified buildings encompassing 84 units, the creation of an annual Lincoln Park Music Festival (which now attracts over 50,000 people a year), and the development of the Lincoln Park Fossil Free Learning Lab, which serves as the Department of Labor’s North Jersey satellite for Green Job Training and offers green-focused workshops and training to underprivileged and/or unemployed area residents.

La Casa de Don Pedro

La Casa de Don Pedro focuses on fostering self-sufficiency, empowerment, and neighborhood revitalization in Greater Newark and Essex County.  Established in 1972 as a grassroots organization committed to empowering marginalized Puerto Rican and Latino residents, by FY 2015, La Casa had grown to serve more than 50,000 people a year with 200 employees and an operating budget of $15 million.  Since 1988, La Casa has built and sold more than 150 units of quality, affordable homes. Between 2013-14 alone, La Casa provided energy assistance to more than 41,000 households, completed energy conservation measures for 600 households, counseled 361 people facing foreclosure, and prepared 231 people to purchase their first home.

Ironbound Community Corporation

Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) aims to engage and empower individuals, families and groups to create a just, vibrant, and sustainable community.  In addition to offering a range of children, adult, senior, and family focused services, ICC is involved in community organizing, planning, and development.  In 2001, ICC spearheaded a Community Master Plan that resulted in a bottom up vision for the area that has influenced its development.  The plan led to the development of the 16-acre Riverfront Park in partnership with the City and County.  Since 2010, ICC has developed 89 affordable housing units, and in 2014, it developed its fifth community garden and completed free income tax filings for more than 1,000 households, returning more than $2 million in refunds to the community.

Uniting People with Opportunities (UPO) Community Development Corporation

Uniting People with Opportunities (UPO) Community Development Corporation aims to promote job creation through economic development.  To do so, it focuses on providing loans to individuals and organizations that create low to moderate income housing and/or business development opportunities and employment for low income individuals, start-ups, and businesses that seek to create jobs or upgrade wages for low income District residents.  UPO also provides administrative management services to nonprofit organizations serving low-income District residents. Read more about Uniting People with Opportunities (UPO) Community Development Corporation...

Mi Casa Inc.

Mi Casa Inc. focuses on providing affordable housing in the Washington D.C. area in order to foster healthy and thriving communities.  Over the past two decades, it has revitalized over 550 homes for low and moderate income first-time homebuyers and played a lead role in renovating CetroNia, a multi-cultural education center that houses the DC Bilingual Public Charter School. To create job and training opportunities for minority professional and trade persons, it provides capacity-building and financial support for minority contractors and contractors-in-training. Read more about Mi Casa Inc....

Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)

Established in 1969, the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) aims to meet the economic needs and improve the quality of life of the District’s Anacostia/Far Southeast community.  To do so, the CDC focuses on housing development, commercial revitalization, small/minority business development, and job creation.  The CDC also houses a Business Development Center, which provides free management and technical assistance to small businesses located in, or wishing to locate in, the District.  In 2013, the CDC partnered with Bright Farms and the District to develop a 100,000 square foot greenhouse, which is expected to grow over one million pounds of produce a year while creating new local jobs.

Building a regenerative community on Pine Ridge

In a community facing tremendous challenges around poverty and unemployment, the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is creating an innovative affordable housing project that strives to rebuild Native culture, empower young people on the reservation, and develop solutions for true ecological sustainability. Read more about Building a regenerative community on Pine Ridge...

North East Area Development (NEAD)

Established in 1965, North East Area Development aims to revitalize and stabilize Rochester’s Sector 8 neighborhood.  To do so, the nonprofit focuses on renovating homes for low to moderate-income residents and commercial properties to reduce neighborhood blight.  The nonprofit played a lead role in renovating a former plastics manufacturing plant to accommodate Freedom School, a year-round school for youth from K-12, which focuses on fostering reading and conflict resolution skills, and engaging students in civic and social action activities.  In 2012, it opened The Freedom Market, a community-owned store that enables area residents without access to transportation to access healthy food, and in 2013, it added a Café that provides workforce development and employment for area residents.

NCS Community Development Corporation

Focused on strengthening Rochester neighborhoods, NCS Community Development Corporation helps area residents rehabilitate or purchase quality, affordable homes.  NCS offers first-time, low-income homebuyers a range of support services, including financial literacy training, and grant subsidies of up to $35,000 to assist with a down payment, closing costs, and property repairs.  NCS also provides current homeowners with grant subsidies to repair health, safety, and environmental hazards.  Since its establishment in the mid-1980s, NCS is credited with rehabilitating approximately 2,000 blighted, vacant and/or at-risk housing units in Rochester.