Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

2015

Beyond Ferguson: Empowering Low-Income People to Build the Future of Their Communities

Dorothy Stoneman
George Warren Brown School of Social Work

This perspective was created from Dorothy Stoneman’s address during a Center for Social Development 20th Anniversary event at Washington University in St. Louis on February 3, 2015. The Center for Social Development invited Dr. Stoneman to tell the story of YouthBuild and how it relates to the events of Ferguson. 

2014

The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks

Kerry Reckdahl
National Housing Institute

Destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina presented the opportunity ­— and the challenge — for New Orleans to revive its troubled public housing and integrate residents into the planning processes. This case study from the National Housing Institute describes one community development organization's efforts to build trust between displaced residents and local social service providers, and offers lessons learned for other cities struggling to revitalize their public housing. 

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2007

2006

2005

The Last Line of Defense

Randy Stoecker
Shelterforce Online, issue 143

2003

An Inner-City Renaissance

Aaron Bernstein, Christopher Palmeri and Roger O. Crockett
Business Week

2002

It Takes a CDC

Jane Knitzer and Fida Adely
Shelterforce Online

Built to Last

Robert Zdenek and Carol Steinbach
Shelterforce Online, issue 123

1998

1997

n/a

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Coming of Age

National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED)

1998

1997

2016

2015

2014

2013

Economic Distress and Resurgence in U.S. Central Cities: Concepts, Causes, and Policy Levers

Yolanda K. Kodrzycki and Ana Patricia Muñoz

This paper provides a review of the literature on U.S. central city growth and distress during the second half of the twentieth century.It finds that city growth tended to be higher in metropolitan areas with favorable weather, higher growth, and greater human capital, while distress was strongly correlated with city-level manufacturing legacy. The article affirms that distress has been highly persistent, but that some cities have achieved resurgence through a combination of strong leadership, collaboration across sectors and institutions, clear and broad-based strategies, and significant infrastructure investments. Finally, the article explores measurement issues by comparing two methodologies used to identify poorly performing central cities: comparisons across a comprehensive national cross-section of cities and comparisons within smaller samples of similar cities. It finds that these approaches have produced similar assessments of a city’s status, except in some cases where the city’s progress has been uneven across time or with respect to alternative criteria. 

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

Severely Distressed Public Housing: The Costs of Inaction

Margery Austin Turner, Mark Wooley, G. Thomas Kingsley, Susan J. Popkin, Diane Levy and Elizabeth Cove

2006

2005

2003

2002

1997

2016

Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

Kalima Rose and Teddy Kỳ-Nam Miller

This paper offers a roadmap to face challenges in the housing sector and secure the nation’s future. The Obama Administration’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, Affordable Care Act investments in health promotion, the recent Supreme Court victory for advocates challenging exclusionary housing policies, the deepening engagement of philanthropy, the growing demand for investments that improve sustainability and climate resiliency, and robust organizing by communities—all this adds up to the best opportunity in years to transform the nation’s housing infrastructure into an engine of health, opportunity, and prosperity for all. 

2014

Stronger Together: The $12 Billion Impact of Community Development Corporations in New Jersey

HCDNNJ

This new report from the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey quantifies the impact that community development corporations have had in New Jersey. Over the past 25 years, CDCs have added 82,000 jobs, contributed $12 billion to the state economy, and added $320 million to state tax rolls. The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program, a 100 percent state tax credit that encourages private investment in low- to moderate-income communities, enabled New Jersey CDCs to leverage each dollar more than seven times over.

Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System

Anthony Giancatarino and Simran Noor
The Center for Social Inclusion

This report from The Center for Social Inclusion examines the effects of housing, school, land, and wage policies on access to healthy food in communities of color. It offers recommendations to surmount these challenges, such as investing in cooperatively owned food enterprises and leveraging dollars from the Affordable Care Act’s community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals. The report also includes several reference guides to help community groups identify and confront the particular institutions, policies, and practices that promote structural racial inequity in their food systems. 

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. 

2013

Findings of the 2013 National Food Hub Survey

Micaela Fischer, Michael Hamm, Rich Pirog, John Fisk, Jeff Farbman and Stacia Kiraly

Choice Constrained, Segregation Maintained: Using Federal Tax Credits to Provide Affordable Housing;

Simon Kawitzky, Fred Freiberg, Diane L. Houk and Salimah Hankins

A Report on the Distribution of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the New York City Region

2012

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

A Decade of HOPE VI: Research Findings and Policy Challenges

Susan J. Popkin, Bruce Katz, Mary K. Cunningham, Karen D. Brown, Jeremy Gustafson and Margery A. Turner

2003

2002

Developing Justice in South Brooklyn

Darryl King , Julian Brown, Eddie Rosario, Kim Clark and Amy Levine

2001

1998

n/a

CDC Oral History Project

Although the profiles were completed in the early 1990s, this site contains valuable historical information outlining the history of 19 leading community development corporations.

City Limits

This publication focuses on New York City, but covers a wide variety of national community development debates and issues.

LISC Online Resource Library

The LISC Online Resource Library provides a host of practical community development resources on affordable housing, land use and planning, and organizational development issues.

Shelterforce

Sponsored by the National Housing Institute, Shelterforce is a leading periodical of the community development community.

Beyond Ferguson: Empowering Low-Income People to Build the Future of Their Communities

Dorothy Stoneman
George Warren Brown School of Social Work

This perspective was created from Dorothy Stoneman’s address during a Center for Social Development 20th Anniversary event at Washington University in St. Louis on February 3, 2015. The Center for Social Development invited Dr. Stoneman to tell the story of YouthBuild and how it relates to the events of Ferguson. 

The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks

Kerry Reckdahl
National Housing Institute

Destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina presented the opportunity ­— and the challenge — for New Orleans to revive its troubled public housing and integrate residents into the planning processes. This case study from the National Housing Institute describes one community development organization's efforts to build trust between displaced residents and local social service providers, and offers lessons learned for other cities struggling to revitalize their public housing. 

The Last Line of Defense

Randy Stoecker
Shelterforce Online, issue 143

An Inner-City Renaissance

Aaron Bernstein, Christopher Palmeri and Roger O. Crockett
Business Week

It Takes a CDC

Jane Knitzer and Fida Adely
Shelterforce Online

Built to Last

Robert Zdenek and Carol Steinbach
Shelterforce Online, issue 123

Coming of Age

National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED)

Economic Distress and Resurgence in U.S. Central Cities: Concepts, Causes, and Policy Levers

Yolanda K. Kodrzycki and Ana Patricia Muñoz

This paper provides a review of the literature on U.S. central city growth and distress during the second half of the twentieth century.It finds that city growth tended to be higher in metropolitan areas with favorable weather, higher growth, and greater human capital, while distress was strongly correlated with city-level manufacturing legacy. The article affirms that distress has been highly persistent, but that some cities have achieved resurgence through a combination of strong leadership, collaboration across sectors and institutions, clear and broad-based strategies, and significant infrastructure investments. Finally, the article explores measurement issues by comparing two methodologies used to identify poorly performing central cities: comparisons across a comprehensive national cross-section of cities and comparisons within smaller samples of similar cities. It finds that these approaches have produced similar assessments of a city’s status, except in some cases where the city’s progress has been uneven across time or with respect to alternative criteria. 

Severely Distressed Public Housing: The Costs of Inaction

Margery Austin Turner, Mark Wooley, G. Thomas Kingsley, Susan J. Popkin, Diane Levy and Elizabeth Cove

Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

Kalima Rose and Teddy Kỳ-Nam Miller

This paper offers a roadmap to face challenges in the housing sector and secure the nation’s future. The Obama Administration’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, Affordable Care Act investments in health promotion, the recent Supreme Court victory for advocates challenging exclusionary housing policies, the deepening engagement of philanthropy, the growing demand for investments that improve sustainability and climate resiliency, and robust organizing by communities—all this adds up to the best opportunity in years to transform the nation’s housing infrastructure into an engine of health, opportunity, and prosperity for all. 

Stronger Together: The $12 Billion Impact of Community Development Corporations in New Jersey

HCDNNJ

This new report from the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey quantifies the impact that community development corporations have had in New Jersey. Over the past 25 years, CDCs have added 82,000 jobs, contributed $12 billion to the state economy, and added $320 million to state tax rolls. The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program, a 100 percent state tax credit that encourages private investment in low- to moderate-income communities, enabled New Jersey CDCs to leverage each dollar more than seven times over.

Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System

Anthony Giancatarino and Simran Noor
The Center for Social Inclusion

This report from The Center for Social Inclusion examines the effects of housing, school, land, and wage policies on access to healthy food in communities of color. It offers recommendations to surmount these challenges, such as investing in cooperatively owned food enterprises and leveraging dollars from the Affordable Care Act’s community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals. The report also includes several reference guides to help community groups identify and confront the particular institutions, policies, and practices that promote structural racial inequity in their food systems. 

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. 

Findings of the 2013 National Food Hub Survey

Micaela Fischer, Michael Hamm, Rich Pirog, John Fisk, Jeff Farbman and Stacia Kiraly

Choice Constrained, Segregation Maintained: Using Federal Tax Credits to Provide Affordable Housing;

Simon Kawitzky, Fred Freiberg, Diane L. Houk and Salimah Hankins

A Report on the Distribution of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the New York City Region

A Decade of HOPE VI: Research Findings and Policy Challenges

Susan J. Popkin, Bruce Katz, Mary K. Cunningham, Karen D. Brown, Jeremy Gustafson and Margery A. Turner

Developing Justice in South Brooklyn

Darryl King , Julian Brown, Eddie Rosario, Kim Clark and Amy Levine

CDC Oral History Project

Although the profiles were completed in the early 1990s, this site contains valuable historical information outlining the history of 19 leading community development corporations.

City Limits

This publication focuses on New York City, but covers a wide variety of national community development debates and issues.

LISC Online Resource Library

The LISC Online Resource Library provides a host of practical community development resources on affordable housing, land use and planning, and organizational development issues.

Shelterforce

Sponsored by the National Housing Institute, Shelterforce is a leading periodical of the community development community.