Accepting Challenges to Improve Our Nation Community Development Corporation (A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC) is a 501(c) (3) not for profit corporation established March 22, 2000. Our MISSION is to empower low and moderate income individuals, families and neighborhoods by developing the human capital needed to construct and rehabilitate affordable housing, commercial property, initiate economic development, provide human and social service and promote arts and culture.
A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC PROGRAM GOALS
Human and Social Services: assist families and individuals with parenting classes, job readiness training, supportive counseling, street organization (gang) prevention and conflict resolution and violence intervention, educational initiatives, substance abuse referral, police-community relations, neighborhood security, disaster preparedness and response emergency management and food-clothing distribution
Residential Development: construct affordable housing to assist low and moderate income families and individuals
Commercial Development: purchase, construct and manage retail spaces to bring viable community businesses to the neighborhoods that need them most
Economic Development: money management workshops, basic job skills and computer skills training, formulate business incubator program to assists small start-up businesses with office space and resources
Arts and Culture: provide field trips, martial arts and sports activities, and positive cultural art programs
A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC assisted local authorities and community-based partners during the response and recovery phases of Tropical Storm Allison in June, 2001. In 2003, A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC served as the fiscal agent to launch ENOTA/AT-ONE Project (Educating Neighborhoods to Obey Those in Authority/Alternative Training Offered for Neighborhood Enforcement, a national community-police relations and law enforcement cultural diversity and sensitivity training initiative.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC provided housing counseling to 1406 families, financial recovery counseling to 1120 families, case management services to 1516 families, employment services to 1420 families, food services to 5,090 families, transportation assistance to 2,050 families. We provided $172,164 to families in unmet needs assistance through the Long Term Recovery Committee, $85,000 in direct assistance, $240,000 in financial assistance through the American Red Cross. A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC has established secure relationships with Houston residents, hurricane survivors, and local agencies. We also provided free medical screenings and treatment to the uninsured in Houston.
Ongoing programs and projects under JOE Local Organizing Committee Community Initiatives include Victory Hunger Program – Health and Nutrition Initiative where 250 meals are delivered to children and young adults on a bi-weekly basis; One Houston – One Hood Conflict Resolution – Peace Initiative representing a coalition of clergy, community leaders, artists, and gang interventionist who tour middle and high schools promoting conflict resolution; 10 K Fearless Disaster Preparedness – Community Emergency Response Team trained and certified 28 volunteers under the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program by the city of Houston; and 21st Century Challenge: New Educational Paradigm Initiative in collaboration with Reverend James Smalls of Martin Luther King, Jr. Center conducts ongoing trades (welding, HVAC, flooring) and urban gardening classes and projects.
In the area of Arts and Culture, A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC sponsors and hosts Artist Respecting Community A.R.C. – Conscious Cultural Army monthly meetings and project initiatives. The ARC is a coalition of artists, producers, DJ’s, graphic designers, videographers, and educators who promote positive cultural expression to promote peace and positive community development.
Residential, Commercial and Economic Development projects in the design phase include The Granada on OST, a mixed-income/mixed-use affordable housing development; The Seville on OST mix-use commercial/retail business development; Blue Seas Express Café; and Silicon Bayou® Technology Center.
In 2016, A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC worked in collaboration with The Word Church to provide relief after the “Tax Day” storm and flooding in the Greenspoint area of Houston, Texas.
In 2017, A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC has collaborated and partnered with local, state and national organizations to establish our recovery distribution center and help serve the immediate needs of Harvey survivors. These persons and organizations are the Latter Day Saints for crisis clean up; Islamic Circle of North America, Zakat Foundation, World Church, Harvest Outreach Seven Day Adventist Church, My Queendom Come, Rapper T.I., Mr. Russell Simmons, Fort Worth Church of Love, Green House International Church, The Word Church, Masjid WD Mohammed, Texas Organizing Project, the City of Houston and Houston Coalition for Equitable Harvey Recovery.
After Hurricane Harvey, A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC has distributed food and consumables (cleaning supplies, water, diapers, and hygiene products to over 640 families since August 30, 2017. A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC has assisted 1215 families as of September 18, 2017 increasing to 2,580 by January 2018 through our disaster recovery donation center receiving clothing, baby products, hygiene, cleaning supplies and other immediate survival items. We have full-time and part-time staff and volunteers in place to address the immediate basic needs of survivors including medical, counseling, food, clothing, transportation, and referral service.
A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC has received funding to support our direct services from fundraising ($44,675), TOP ($50,000), Community Enterprise Grant ($20,000) for unmet needs along with $417,000 from Greater Houston Community Fund for case management.
A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC has begun the design phase of our residential, commercial and economic development projects: The Granada on OST, a mixed-income/mixed-use housing development; The Seville on OST, a mix-use commercial/retail development; Blue Seas Express Café restaurant and catering; and Silicon Bayou® Technology Center to train in traditional trades, green collar occupations and advanced technologies.
SUMMARY OF A.C.T.I.O.N. CDC CURRENT PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
- Human and
- Hurricane Harvey Case Management
- JOE Local Organizing Committee Community
- Victory Nutrition and Wellness Program – Health and Nutrition Initiative
- One Houston – One Hood Conflict Resolution – Peace Initiative
- 10 K Fearless Disaster Preparedness – Community Emergency Response Team
- 21st Century Challenge: New Educational Paradigm Initiative
- A.C.T.I.O.N. Recovery Center
- Arts and
- Artist Respecting Community A.R.C. – Conscious Cultural Army
Commercial and Economic Development Projects
- In design phase: Granada on OST mixed-income/mixed-use housing development; Seville on OST mix-use commercial/retail development; Salaam Southwest-Blue Seas Express Café; and Silicon Bayou® Technology Center