Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC)

Established in 1985, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC) works in partnership with residents and community groups to serve, revitalize, stimulate and invest resources in an affordable, safe and vital Mapleton-Fall Creek community.  To do so, it constructs and rehabilitates homes; develops affordable housing, parks, and public spaces; and offers a range of programs and services focused on community building and economic development.  Aiming to help revitalize its Central Avenue corridor, MFCDC is currently developing an intergenerational senior housing project that will include nearly 19,000 square feet of retail space, at least 150 market rate and affordable housing units, a 8,500 square foot community center, and computer center.  Committed to sustainable development principles, MRCDC uses LEED for Neighborhood Development, a rigorous set of green building and sustainable development standards created by the United States Green Building Council, as a roadmap and benchmark in all neighborhood projects.

Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development

The Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development (ICND) is an association of roughly 25 neighborhood-based community development corporations (CDCs) and other Indianapolis nonprofits focused on community development. ICND provides leadership and advocacy to advance community-led housing and economic development in Indianapolis neighborhoods and helps facilitate communication, collaboration, and cooperation among Indianapolis’ nonprofits working in this field. Read more about Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development...

Devington Community Development Corporation (DCDC)

Working in an area with one of the highest crime rates, highest unemployment rates, the highest drop-out rate, and the highest foreclosure rate in the city, Devington Community Development Corporation (DCDC) aims to help vulnerable populations attain economic justice, affordable green housing and health care, safe neighborhoods, excellent education, and jobs. Read more about Devington Community Development Corporation (DCDC)...

Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation

Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation focuses on improving housing, public infra­structure, and commercial areas for people who live, work, and visit northwest Indianapolis.  Its housing program acquires and renovates foreclosed single-family properties, converts vacant, substandard properties into accessible homes for community residents with disabilities, and provides no-cost homeowner repair services.  To bring local, healthy food into the community, the CDC established the Crooked Creek Community Farmers Market in 2012, which matches purchases of up to $20 for those participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and runs a community garden where residents can pick vegetables.  To ensure a strong center for the community, it created The Hub, a facility next to its offices open to all residents and businesses that includes a gallery for local artists, a resource center, and drop-in office and meeting space.

Sankofa Community Development Corporation

Founded in 2008, Sankofa Community Development Corporation (CDC) works with residents and other stakeholders in the Lower Ninth Ward to identify social challenges and address them through culturally-competent health-centered programming, strategic land acquisition and improvement, and community-based social enterprise.  One core program is its Mobile Market, which brings fresh, local produce—some of which is grown by students on vacant lots the CDC has transformed into learning gardens—to area residents. Read more about Sankofa Community Development Corporation...

Broadmoor Development Corporation (BDC)

Established in 2006 to address the Broadmoor neighborhood’s housing needs following Hurricane Katrina, Broadmoor Development Corporation (BDC) rehabilitates owner-occupied properties, renovates and sells vacant properties, constructs new homes, and stabilizes blighted lots.  Through its work, BDC has spurred the recovery of 87 percent of all Broadmoor residential properties, an area where all properties suffered between 6 and 10 feet of flooding. Read more about Broadmoor Development Corporation (BDC)...

Broad Community Connections

Established in 2008 in order to address long-standing community revitalization needs that were only exacerbated after Hurricane Katrina, Broad Community Connections aims to revitalize New Orleans’ Broad Street corridor by promoting the economic, residential and cultural development of its diverse surrounding neighborhoods.  One of the nonprofit’s core initiatives is the ReFresh Project, a fresh food hub.  Opened in October 2014, the hub provides healthy and affordable food to the Broad Street neighborhoods, offers community engaged programming, education and training designed to promote he Read more about Broad Community Connections...

Building Sustainable Communities: Initial Research Results

Christopher Walker

Written by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Director of Research Chris Walker, this report highlights early-stage results from LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities initiative. The report demonstrates how a comprehensive community development approach that targets investments in affordable housing, economic development, edu­cation, health, and safety can significantly raise incomes and decrease unemployment in low-income neighborhoods. Also included are case studies in Providence, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Chicago. 

Mid Bronx Desperadoes

Founded in the South Bronx in 1974 as a coalition of volunteers determined to save their community from the overwhelming incidents of arson, disinvestment, and abandonment, Mid Bronx Desperadoes (MBD) has been instrumental in the rebuilding of the Crotona Park East neighborhood in the South Bronx.  To date, MBD has successfully constructed and renovated over 2,300 units of housing. In addition, MBD developed the construction of the New Horizons Retail Center, which has created over 200 full-time and part-time permanent jobs. Read more about Mid Bronx Desperadoes...

Acacia Network

Acacia Network formed in 2009 when two Latino-based agencies, Promesa, Inc. and Bronx Addiction Services Integrated Concepts System, Inc. (BASICS) merged.  With five additional Latino-based agencies joining the network since then, Acacia now offers a wide range of health, housing, and economic development programs.  The network currently includes 7 community health centers, an early education center, 1,780 affordable housing units, and transitional housing for 750 families and 475 single adults. Read more about Acacia Network...

Lao Family Community Development

Started in a 3-bedroom apartment in 1980 by Southeast Asian refugees to help fellow refugees rebuild their lives after escaping countries suffering from political and social upheaval, Lao Family Community Development now has a 45-person staff, an Oakland headquarters, and two satellite offices.  Today, it aims to assist diverse refugee, immigrant, limited English, and low-income U.S. Read more about Lao Family Community Development...

Menomonee Valley Partners

Incorporated in 1999, Menomonee Valley Partners (MVP) promotes the sustainable redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, an area left with several hundred acres of vacant buildings and abandoned, contaminated land after its strong industrial base moved to areas outside of the central city. MVP’s programs include business recruitment, technical assistance to area businesses, and environmental enhancements. Since MVP’s inception, the Valley has attracted more than $600 million in private investment. Read more about Menomonee Valley Partners...