Roadmap to Community Development: A Beginner's Guide to the People and the Process
"Community Development” can mean different things to different people. The term is often used to describe the creation of social programs, economic opportunities, or new buildings. There are many ways to develop a community: a new activity or job training center can build community, but so can affordable housing, dance classes, public parks, or block parties. This introductory-level document focuses on the development of “bricks-and-mortar” buildings.
Since the late 1960s, thousands of non-profit Community Development Corporations (C.D.C.) have worked intimately in neighborhoods to create much-needed projects, ranging from affordable housing and health clinics to daycare facilities and community centers. These efforts are driven by the desire to make communities better, more equitable places. Regardless of the building type, the path taken to developing a project is often very similar. The Roadmap to Community Development has been created to help orient you to the key people and processes so you can build an understanding and chart your own course...let the journey begin!