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Types of Services

The top three most popular services during the 2013 survey were financial empowerment (69%), community services (65%) and housing development (62%). Scroll down the page to see the breakdown of what each of the groups of services include. The prevalence of home rehab over new construction in the housing development category aligns with a trend...

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Service Area

CDCs serve all types of communities. The majority of CDCs described serving an urban community (78%), though a large number classified their area as rural (41%) or suburban (35%). Many serve more than one type of community, which is logical considering half of responding CDCs have a multi-county or regional service area. “Other” responses included...

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Most Important Services Offered

CDCs listed what they believe are the three most important services they offer. The most frequent responses fit into the following categories:

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Political Relationships

Overall, most CDCs feel they have a better relationship with local elected officials than they do with non-elected policymakers (e.g. MSHDA, DLEG, DHS, etc) and state elected officials.

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Organizational Future, Change and Innovation

Skip to: Organizational Change | Innovation “What do you see as the future of your organization?” We put every CDC’s response into a program that took the most frequent words and enlarged them.   “We need to be the place where immigrants and others come to get hooked in and connected to the community.” “We...

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Organizational Change

About one in ten (15%) CDCs have recently considered consolidating or merging with another organization, but very few – one in fifty (2%) – recently considered dissolution. Both categories are down compared to 2008, perhaps because those organizations already consolidated or dissolved. The majority of CDCs considering merging stated it was for cost savings and the...

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Northern Initiatives: Karl’s Cuisine

“All chefs want their own restaurant,” Karl Nelson states. “It’s the ultimate goal!” One that serves up fresh, local food made from scratch, paired with a glass of wine from your own Winery, and enjoyed while watching a 1,000 foot- long freighter floating by – that’s Karl Cuisine and Winery! Goal met!

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Community Housing Network: Johnna

Johnna says she wants to make sure her daughter grows up living a life very different from her own. That life included: an unsupported home life, dropping out of school, living on her own at the age of 17, making $1,000 each weekend night as a dancer and then getting involved in drugs.

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Avalon Housing Inc: Youth Leadership Program Success Story

KG is a young teen from a family that experienced domestic violence, and was referred to the Youth Leadership Program by his Avalon Case Manager. During the family’s yearlong tenancy, KG’s behavior created a number of problems on the property. He had difficulty managing his emotions, frequent outbursts of anger, inability to resolve conflicts and...