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COalition History

coalition meeting 2009 led by Arden Shank

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. Hence, SFCDC was formally founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the fall of 2007 under the leadership of Arden Shank and several other dedicated local housing advocates to create those solutions. Together, they envisioned a 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 for all.

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. Housing affordability still anchors 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 following the pandemic. 

Today, SFCDC has established itself as the backbone of the local community and economic development ecosystem with diverse cross-sectoral membership base representing over 40 organizations and institutions. Our members and stakeholders recognize that the many interconnected issues we face in our communities are rooted in inequities and require a greater caliber of strategic alignment and deeper collaborations. We aim to serve as a platform, activator, and accelerator in the ecosystem to foster more collective impact, minimize duplication and competition for resources, and build partnerships across sectors and silos.

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. Following our 15th anniversary in 2022, we look forward to continue growing and partnering with new stakeholders who share our vision and goals throughout the South Florida region.

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