Vision and Mission:
Our mission is to expand the capacity of community development practitioners to develop affordable housing and economic opportunities for Miami-Dade County's low and moderate-income families and neighborhoods.
Who We Are: Nonprofit developers and their allies working to reverse the downward spiral of social and economic conditions in the lowest income neighborhoods.
Business Plan Creation Kit
African American Historic Sites
Despite denial by many, society is built on a race construct. There is no quick fix. Part of the answer is to recognize it and say it
Case Study: Little Haiti Housing Association
FannieMae Foundation Journal
Poverty and inequality mean wasted human resources and depleted social capital. Inequality is as much an issue for business as it is for community activists.
Renew Your Coalition
Become a "CHDO" Community Housing Development Organization
Become a "CBDO" Community Based Development Organization
List of Community Development Coalitions Nationwide
Jump Starting Redevelopment
Nonprofit developers are undertaking the toughest deals reaching the lowest income families. The neighborhoods that nonprofits are working in are where for profit developers will not go without incentives. Basic issues of financial feasibility prevent the private sector from taking on ventures in these low income neighborhoods. Barriers include: low appraised values, high costs of development, high costs of land, expensive "brownfield" cleanup, expensive lien clearance, high relocation expenses, the difficulty of dealing with the patchwork pattern of real estate ownership, and the necessity of having to redevelop the typically decrepit infrastructure (sewers, water, etc.). On top of all that, local government inadvertently imposes additional costs by its unnecessarily cumbersome construction approval process. For-profit developers don't go into these neighborhoods unless they are in partnership with a nonprofit because nonprofit developers can provide them with the necessary incentives. Nonprofit sponsored ventures, therefore, erve to create a "jump start" affect. After a while the appraised values of neighborhood properties begin to drift upwards and the normal market forces are once again allowed to work.
South Florida Housing Policy Website