Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Bridging Communities

Bridging Communities focuses on improving quality of life for Southwest Detroit’s elder residents and creating caring communities where people of all ages can live in dignity.  Its development program focuses on creating affordable senior housing communities and includes new development and the rehabilitation of vacant, foreclosed properties into resident-owned affordable homes.  To build community, create intergenerational connections, and help seniors access needed resources, the nonprofit also manages a timebank, Unity in Our Community.

Urban Neighborhoods Initiatives

Founded in 1997 to transform an empty church in a neighborhood suffering from gang activity, drug use, and prostitution into a center for neighborhood development, Urban Neighborhoods Initiatives has since expanded to provide a range of youth development, economic development, and education programs in Detroit’s Springwells community.  The nonprofit’s work is credited with revitalizing three city parks and developing a land stewardship program that engages residents to maintain over 10 acres of land in the community.  To help meet area residents’ transportation needs and provide job training for youth, the nonprofit created a social enterprise, Southwest Rides.  In addition to selling affordable bikes and skateboards, the enterprise has an “earn-a-bike” program, which provides free bikes to youth who complete a 6-week education program focused on bike maintenance and safety.

Central Detroit Christian Community Development

Central Detroit Christian Community Development is a faith-based CDC focused on empowering people and creating positive opportunities for the community.  In 2016, the nonprofit’s financial wellness program, which includes homebuyer education, financial education, and home preservation classes, served over 800 people.  The nonprofit also rehabbed 8 homes and began a $10 million project which will rehab an old apartment building into 44 modern units.  Through its employment programs, the CDC provides job training and work opportunities to about 100 youth and adults per year.  Its businesses include City Kids Soup, which sells youth-made healthy soups, and Detroit Remade, which uses abandoned materials to create furniture and home goods.

Southwest Solutions

Southwest Solutions was founded in 1970 as a mental health-focused nonprofit.  Recognizing that reintegrating the mentally ill and homeless into the community requires decent, affordable housing and support services, the nonprofit expanded its focus over time to include housing, economic, and workforce development programs.  Southwest Solutions is now the largest multi-family housing developer in the region with $150 million of real estate development completed or in progress, which includes 26 buildings that it has restored for both residential and commercial use.  The nonprofit also owns a financing organization, Southwest Lending Solutions, through which it provides a range of affordable lending products to homebuyers, homeowners, and landlords.  In 2014, its programs were credited with supporting more than 25,000 people.

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.