SFCDC envisions South Florida as a pioneer for innovative solutions and equitable policies in community and economic development to improve quality of life, build community wealth, and expand social justice. What began as an informal association of community development corporations (CDCs) networking in Miami in the 90s eventually evolved into a lively coalition of likeminded change agents desiring to collaboratively meet the needs of low- to moderate income (LMI) residents. SFCDC was formally founded as a nonprofit organization in the fall of 2007 under the leadership of Arden Shank and several other dedicated local housing advocates to create those solutions.
The coalition initially focused on convening CDCs and community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to offer peer-to-peer engagement and expertise on producing and preserving affordable housing in Miami-Dade county. As SFCDC's membership base grew and engaged a wider audience of stakeholders and practitioners, it began offering technical assistance and capacity building training for minority and small scale developers building assets in historically marginalized and under resourced neighborhoods. These issues still anchor the coalition's priorities as it adapts and broaden the scope of comprehensive solutions to encompass economic opportunities, resilience, and sustainability during these unprecedented times.
Now, SFCDC has established itself as a policy advocacy coalition with diverse cross-sectoral membership base representing over 40 local organizations and institutions. Our 120+ advocates recognize that the many interconnected issues we face in our local communities are rooted in inequities and require a greater caliber of strategic alignment and deeper collaborations. We aim to serve as a platform, incubator, and accelerator in the community and economic development ecosystem to tackle those critical and emerging issues.
Since the pandemic began, we have continued to virtually host community engagement to educate, equip, and empower small scale developers, lenders, government agencies, civic leaders, and local activists interested in advancing community and economic development solutions and policies. As we approach our 15th anniversary in 2022, we look forward to continue growing and partnering with new community advocates and stakeholders who share our vision and goals throughout the South Florida region.