Comprehensive Community Development is our strategy—a holistic approach that uses deep and abiding local engagement to address a spectrum of interconnected needs in a way that generates community wealth and quality of life through a racial equity lens. This spectrum is rooted in the production and preservation of assets, such as affordable housing and small businesses, as well as anti-displacement of historically marginalized neighborhoods. Altogether, this makes for a more resilient, regenerative, and sustainable community where residents and leaders work together to envision a better future; co-create a plan to materialize that vision; and invite local agencies, organizations, and institutions into a collaborative partnership that integrates programs and services to support that shared vision.
We know that healthy communities are places that offer the resources and opportunities for residents to engage in creating safe, healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and partake in the mainstream economy to build wealth. As a strategy, Comprehensive Community Development is designed to drive systemic interventions that change the trajectory of disadvantaged Black and brown neighborhoods. We organize collective action to build power advocating for housing affordability, small business retention, and community resilience.
SFCDC has been in a transitory stage following the impact of the pandemic. During this time of reflection and regeneration, we have taken extensive measures to revise and adapt our programs, initiatives, and campaigns to better serve current needs of our members and the local ecosystem. Meanwhile, below are a few highlights of our work last year.
virtual policy roundtables for community development practitioners and advocates to review current trends, updates, and issues in our field
community engagement workshops educating practitioners, advocates, and residents about new tools and resources available to advance community development
meetings with government administrators and/or public hearings advocating better policies in affordable housing, economic development, and community development
new local community-based organizations joined as members of the coalition to support our collective action, advocacy, and impact