About Southeast Community Development Corporation
The Southeast Community Development Corporation is one of the oldest community development corporations in Baltimore. Founded in 1975 as Southeast Development, Inc. (SDI), it was the development arm of the Southeast Community Organization (SECO), an umbrella community organization in Baltimore founded by community activists that included Barbara Mikulski. During its history SDI produced hundreds of units of affordable housing as well as a number of commercial projects. In 2000, SDI separated from SECO and became the Southeast Community Development Corporation (SECDC).
Since 2000, SECDC has focused on commercial real estate projects in the Highlandtown area. Two theaters, a school and the Dominic “Mimi” Democratic Club were redeveloped as a performing arts center, a public library, a youth center and a private residence respectively. In most of these cases the organization was not the ultimate developer, but addressed community priorities through acquisition and site control.
In addition to its community revitalization work, the CDC is one of the most comprehensive HUD-certified housing counseling agencies in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The CDC offers financial counseling, first-time homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, and even reverse mortgage counseling. We are the largest provider of Live Near Your Work counseling and one of the largest providers of low and moderate income and bilingual (Spanish/English) housing counseling in the City of Baltimore.
The CDC also operates a number of community revitalization programs such as the Highlandtown Main Street District and Arts and Entertainment District, and is partnered with Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. to provide services to Greektown, Highlandtown and Patterson Park. Recently, with the assistance of the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, we have been able to expand to several neighborhoods adjacent to our focus area.
- 2012, we were selected by the Baltimore Community Foundation’s “Targeted Neighborhoods Initiative” to develop a new, inclusive model of community development work with residents of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities and races in the neighborhoods of Baltimore Highland, Highlandtown and Patterson Park. Our Community School work with schools has increased parent involvement and brought new community resources to our schools while our Southeast Summer Youth Jobs Collaborative employs dozens of southeast youth in summer community service projects. The Southeast CDC has also partnered with a wide variety of environmental organizations, including Blue Water Baltimore, the Parks and People Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to reduce storm water run-off and increase the tree canopy in southeast Baltimore. Most importantly, we value our partnerships with the community-based organizations of southeast Baltimore, such as Banner Neighborhoods, the Friends of Patterson Park, HEBCAC and numerous community and business associations.
Our real estate holdings include seventeen units of low income tax credit rental housing and two commercial buildings in Highlandtown, including our new "green" office building.
Our mission is to promote healthy, vibrant and diverse communities in Southeast Baltimore through creative community development projects and proven programs.. To achieve the mission, The Southeast CDC is governed by a Board of Directors chaired by Doug Schmidt, Principle of Workshop Development.
Please see our web page at www.southeastcdc.org for more information.