Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is transforming 60 acres in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods into a vibrant and economically sustainable destination.  To do so, the Center partners with residents, local leaders and organizations, and investors around three priorities:  1) encouraging physical redevelopment projects through investments in infrastructure, housing, commercial/retail, public art, and recreational/green space; 2) creating accessible pathways for individuals seeking education and employment; and 3) nurturing networks to support entrepreneurs and accelerate existing neighborhood businesses.  The Center’s accomplishments include One Market Creek Plaza, the nation’s first commercial and cultural center to be designed, built, and then owned by neighborhood residents.  The Plaza includes the first major grocery store in the area in over 30 years, the community's first sit-down restaurants (which are family-owned), a bank, and other retail.

Housing Innovations Partners

Housing Innovations Partners (previously named The Association for Community Housing Solutions) is the only organization in San Diego County focused exclusively on developing permanent supportive housing for low-income, special needs individuals. The nonprofit has four properties encompassing a total of 110 units and provides residents with a range of services designed to help them maintain housing stability, achieve greater independence, and build community.

Community HousingWorks

Based in San Diego, Community HousingWorks develops, rehabilitates, preserves, and operates affordable apartment communities with resident-centered services for California working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  The nonprofit’s properties house 8,000 people in 2,684 units that encompass sustainable, green design practices.  Services provided include tutoring, leadership development, and one-on-one financial coaching.

Alpha Project

Founded in 1986 to provide work opportunities for homeless men, Alpha Project has grown into a human services nonprofit that provides a range of programs including affordable and supportive housing, substance abuse treatment, transportation assistance, mental health counseling, and employment training and placement for over 4,000 people on a daily basis.  Alpha Project has over 900 units of affordable housing with amenities such as transportation shuttles, computer centers, playgrounds, and before and after-school programs.  The nonprofit also spearheads community enhancement projects such as weed abatement and graffiti removal to provide transitional paid employment to people experiencing homelessness.

Pacific Southwest Community Development Corporation

Based in San Diego, Pacific Southwest Community Development Corporation (PSCDC) aims to develop high quality affordable housing and provide educational and community services that empower residents to achieve economic and social stability.  The nonprofit’s portfolio includes 70 apartment properties in California and Arizona.  Resident-focused programming includes computer training, financial education, free farmers markets, tutoring, job readiness support, and other health, wellness, and educational services.  On a monthly basis, PSCDC organizes nearly 600 classes and events engaging over 6,000 residents.

Bayview Community Development Corporation

Founded in 1993, Bayview Community Development Corporation (BCDC) works to foster a sustainable quality of life in San Diego County’s underserved communities by developing affordable housing, supporting the growth and success of local businesses, and sponsoring community programs.  The nonprofit owns and manages 4 affordable rental properties with nearly 160 units and offers residents a range of services including tutoring, computer training, and financial literacy classes. Read more about Bayview Community Development Corporation...

BAME Renaissance, Inc.

BAME Renaissance, Inc. (BAME CDC) aims to strengthen the residents and businesses in Greater Logan Heights, an area in which the vast majority of residents (80 percent) are Mexican-American.  Through its Small Business Development program, BAME CDC provides free technical advice and mentoring to enterprises in the Greater Logan Heights business corridor.  The nonprofit also runs a Career Financial Advancement Center that offers area residents free career development services, financial education classes, and assistance applying for public benefits.

City Heights Community Development Corporation

Established in 1980, City Heights Community Development Corporation enhances quality of life in City Heights by partnering with the community to create and sustain quality affordable housing, livable neighborhoods, and economic self-sufficiency.  In 2017, the CDC helped launch six new businesses and completed $81 million in community-advocated improvements to transit, walking, and biking infrastructure.  Read more about City Heights Community Development Corporation...

Creating an Ecosystem of Opportunity on Pine Ridge

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (TVCDC) is a Lakota led non-profit based in the Thunder Valley community of the Porcupine District on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2017. For the last five years, TVCDC has participated in and co-created the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, alongside The Democracy Collaborative, the Northwest Area Foundation and four other Native American community-based organizations, to develop and work through strategies that build and root wealth locally for the benefit of their community.   Read more about Creating an Ecosystem of Opportunity on Pine Ridge...

Woodlawn Foundation

As the lead organization of Woodlawn United, a collaboration of groups working to break the cycle of poverty in Birmingham’s Woodlawn community, the Woodlawn Foundation partners with residents and other local stakeholders to identify community needs and leverage resources to address area challenges.  Its Housing Program aims to create long-term residency opportunities for a range of families by developing quality mixed-income, single-family housing and helping existing homeowners to rehabilitate older properties.  In 2016, the foundation provided free repairs to 15 homes and connected 64 families to units at its affordable townhouse community, Woodlawn Station.  Other Foundation initiatives currently focus on expanding educational opportunities and promoting community wellness.