The Corporation for Community and Economic Development United, Inc.
Fair Housing Program
The Corporation has a comprehensive, regional (multi-state) fair housing education and outreach program funded by HUD, private entities, and local and state agencies which provide the following activities: providing educational events; providing housing counseling services; developing and disseminating printed educational materials; partnering with community-based organizations and housing counseling agencies to conduct fair housing education sessions on forms of illegal housing discrimination in the real estate and lending markets; conducting a regional fair housing education and outreach media campaign; implementing special activities for Fair Housing Month (April 2018) and National Homeownership Month (June 2018); making referrals of fair housing complaints to appropriate authorities; and assisting local governments in the target area in strengthening their fair housing policies and programs. The program develops and distributes educational literature and resources that describe ways to prevent housing injustices and the applicable laws that protect against discrimination. The materials are available and free to the public in various languages to include English, Spanish, Creole, and Vietnamese.
Strategies for Assisting Low-to-Moderate Income Families
We focus on short, intermediate, and longer-term policies that might improve the economic prospects of low-to-moderate income households. In the short-run, what they most need is jobs. In the intermediate term, even if they were employed, many of them would not earn enough to support a family unless their wages were boosted by programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or a higher minimum wage. In the longer-term, they need better education and stronger families. Accordingly, we look at each of these four paths to moving more low-income households into the middle class, showing what each might achieve based on new estimates of the impact of each strategy on annual earnings.
Local community-based initiatives build the “social wealth” of our neighborhoods. It is therefore important to create and maintain an independent business sector, inviting public spaces, local agricultural initiatives, and other vital community systems. In the communities served, the Corporation is partnering with private and governmental programs to strengthen economic growth. It is our goal to promote ways to restore natural ecosystems through better commons management systems.
Renewed Hope for Future Generations.
With a goal of ensuring that all children has the necessary knowledge, tools and skills to lead a healthy and productive life, the Corporation prepares our youth for the future. By providing children with a continuum of learning opportunities, resources and support from birth through age 19, these programs have a vital impact on the targeted communities. The programs offered develop a capacity for academic success in youth, create workforce-ready young adults, reduce high-risk behaviors, engage and develop youth as current and future leaders. This brings great value to the ares as more successful young people in communities results in greater tax revenues and consumer spending and increases the likelihood that young people will stay in, or return to, their communities.