Youth Development

Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation

  • Alhambra, CA
  • www.lacdf.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire Public Housing and Section 8 residents by providing positive life-changing opportunities!

Main Programs

  1. HAR Scholarship Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Los Angeles

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2011

Self-reported

Mrs. Jennifer Blackwell

Keywords

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HARS, Scholarship, Growing Experience, Public Housing, Section 8, self-sufficiency

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Also Known As

Community Development Foundation

EIN

77-0469732

 Number

5932954128

Physical Address

700 W. Main Street

Alhambra, CA 91801

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation (CDF) effectively fulfills its mission and goals by partnering with the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to provide programs to low-income Public Housing and Section 8 residents. Our target population is one of the nation's most disadvantaged families, seniors, and disabled persons. We have taken on the challenge and opportunity to assist Housing Authority residents improve their quality of life by implementing the following innovative programs:

*HAR Scholarship - to date over 150 scholarships have been awarded to low-income students residing in Public Housing or participating in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. These students attend a 4-year university, community college, or job training program. Many have gone on to become lawyers, graphic designers, beauticians, quality control analyst, among other professions.

*Growing Experience Farmers Market - in 2012, the CDF began to operate a Farmers Market at the Growing Experience Urban Farm and Community Garden located at Carmelitos Public Housing Community in Long Beach. This Farmers Market provides affordably priced produce and is open to the public. In just a few short months hundreds of low-income customers have purchased sustainably grown fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

*UrbanAg Business Training Program - in 2012, the CDF began a new business training program focused on Carmelitos residents and Long Beach community members interested in starting a business in the agriculture field. These students were given agriculture and business training, a plot of land, agriculture tools, and administrative supplies. The inaugural class continues to work on their business plans and hope to launch their first entrepreneurial enterprise in the coming months.

*Reality Check- in 2013, CDF will launch its newest program to be offered to its HAR Scholarship awardees. This program will provide mentorship and real world skills workshops to the scholarship awardees. This program was created in response to one past awardee's experience of entering college and receiving a "reality check" that even though she knew from a young age that she wanted to go to college, she really did not know much about college life. The mentor will serve to guide each student through the college experience and to a promising career. 

Additionally, the CDF may operate as a fiscal sponsor for HACoLA initiated projects and programs. HACoLA offers a wide variety of opportunities for its residents, including but not limited to educational, healthcare, recreational, social, and workforce development programs and services that have received multiple awards and distinctions. Many individuals who have participated in these programs have overcome impediments to achieve self-sustainability and moved out of HACoLA owned and operated housing while remaining strongly connected to their former communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

HAR Scholarship Fund

Residents of Public Housing and participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program offered by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles are eligible to apply for the HAR Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis that analyzes GPA, community involvement, personal statement, and academic/professional recommendations.

Category

Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

None

None

Budget

$53,108.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation

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Executive Director

Mrs. Jennifer Blackwell

BIO

Jennifer N. Blackwell-Trotter is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation (CDF). Since February 2011, when Jennifer joined the CDF, she has been responsible for all aspects of organizational operation, development, and growth. With over 8 years of community development experience in both the non-profit and government sectors, Jennifer brings a true commitment to serving CDF’s mission of inspiring Public Housing and Section 8 residents by providing positive life-changing opportunities.

Prior to joining the CDF, Jennifer oversaw the development and implementation of urban redevelopment, affordable housing, and community development projects for CDF’s sister agency: the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (LACDC). While with the County, she oversaw over $50 million in federal funding including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

Prior to joining the LACDC, Jennifer was involved in the non-profit sector while at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). She focused on raising funds to increase the awareness of housing, education, immigration, and other issues that widely effect the over 40 million Latinos living in the United States. She has also researched critical aspects of community development and fundraising while at eCivis, LLC and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for the Study of Urban Poverty.

Jennifer spends much of her free time volunteering with local community groups including the UCLA Alumni Association - Community Advisory Committee and Alumni Academy, UCLA Black Alumni Association, Food on Foot, and Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals. She has also been honored to participate in the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Program, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ 2nd Saturdays Capacity Building program, UCLA Anderson School of Business Riordan Fellowship, and Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently Jennifer has joined the esteemed Leadership Long Beach program.

Jennifer received a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of the Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the UCLA.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The Community Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of low-income participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program and residents of Public Housing Communities owned and operated by the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (CDC/HACoLA).

Our mission is to inspire Public Housing and Section 8 residents by providing positive life-changing opportunities!

The Community Development Foundation meets this mission by encouraging the diverse resident population to participate in Youth in Focus afterschool photography courses, apply for a Housing Authority Resident Scholarship, and experience the benefits of affordable and sustainably grown produce at The Growing Experience Urban Farm.

In addition to these core programs, residents also participate in education, recreation, wellness, leadership, workforce development, and other services for families, senior, and disabled persons."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Matt Abney

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