The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. It began addressing conditions through community organizing and soon expanded to provide community services and develop housing.
Over time, tackling the area's lack of affordable housing became OLCDC's major focus. Since 1980, OLCDC has developed and sold 145 single-family homes to low-to-moderate-income first-time homebuyers and, through partnerships with private developers, has built over 2500 units of rental housing.
Also, as part of its preservation strategy, OLCDC has rehabilitated the Historic Hurt Building, now its headquarters (above); the Historic Opa-locka Train Station; and the Stadium Corner Shopping Center—a total of 94,000 square feet of commercial space in Opa-locka. OLCDC also has provided low interest loans and financial counseling to help families buy and repair their homes, trained residents for new careers, and provided new jobs.
In 2010, OLCDC received a $20 million multi-year award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program to buy, construct and repair foreclosed and vacant properties throughout North Miami-Dade. These funds have provided OLCDC the opportunity to reengage the community and leverage resources to begin to completely transform the area.
Since 2010, OLCDC has engaged experts from across the country to help devise transformation plans, and the revival has begun. It includes rebuilt and repaired houses, new apartment buildings, new streets and landscaping, parks and playgrounds, public art, safer neighborhoods, new programs to improve health and wellness, and education programs for kids.
OLCDC transforms under-resourced communities into vibrant, desirable, engaged neighborhoods by improving access to health, education, employment, art, safety and affordable housing.
OLCDC is designated by the IRS as a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation.
Read the most recent OLCDC Annual Report.
OLCDC fulfills its mission by improving access to health and wellness opportunities; supporting educational programs that foster student achievement; enhancing career opportunities for residents with job training; creating and attracting new jobs and businesses; increasing access to art, culture and technology; mobilizing residents to foster community engagement; and enhancing the overall livability of neighborhoods through quality affordable housing, economic opportunities, public spaces, and safer streets.
- We assist low-to-moderate income families to become self-sufficient.
- Sustainable change is achieved by engaging and empowering stakeholders to broaden opportunities and improve the quality of life in their communities.
- Everyone deserves high quality, affordable housing.
- Thriving businesses are vital to economic growth, and we must help them incubate, sustain and employ residents.
- We believe technology will promote the next generation of entrepreneurs committed to meeting the needs of our communities.
- We promote revitalization through "community of choice" principles that mobilize local residents and stakeholders to be engaged and to have a voice.
- We are stronger because of our partnerships and collaborative efforts.
- Heritage, history, diversity, arts and culture are core assets of community pride serving as a catalyst for community and economic development.
- Individual opportunity is built on a foundation of education.
The following represent core values that we at OLCDC embrace and want all of our board members, volunteers and employees to embody:
- Work Ethic -- Diligence and commitment towards being reliable and taking personal responsibility for one's own actions
- Flexibility -- Being adaptable and open to change, while achieving results
- Empowering -- Making room for others to act by helping them to contribute to society
- Collegiality -- Harmony and respect amongst each other in reaching mutual goals and working as a team