Youth Development

LOS ANGELES COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

  • Alhambra, CA
  • www.lacdf.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to end generational poverty in low-income communities throughout the County of Los Angeles!

Main Programs

  1. HAR Scholarship Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Shelly Thompson

Keywords

Self-reported

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

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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

Unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Shelly Thompson

BIO

Shelly Thompson is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation (CDF). Since January 2015, when Shelly joined the CDF, she has been responsible for all aspects of organizational operation, development, and growth. With over 17 years of program management, and staff development experience in both the non-profit and government sectors, Shelly brings a true commitment to positively impacting CDF's mission of ending generational poverty in low-incomes communities throughout the County of Los Angeles.

Shelly holds a Bachelor's degree in the Administration of Justice from the California State University, Fresno.

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 participants of the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. Core programs include: College to Career Mentorship, Resident Scholarships, STEM after school activities, SAT Preparation, and The Growing Experience Urban Farm all for the benefit of public housing and section 8 participants.

In addition to these core programs, CDF also provides sponsorship for Holiday events focused on families, seniors, and youth.

Our mission is to end generational poverty in low-income communities throughout the County of Los Angeles.


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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Shaquawn Schasa-Wells

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