The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC)
The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC), a non-profit organization, was established in 1974. DHCDC is governed by a 18-member Board of Directors that include political, corporate, and community representation. Its mission is to promote and encourage areas of community development and empowerment through numerous initiatives. The overall goal is to accelerate the revitalization of the neighborhood with self-empowerment, employment and economic opportunities all while creating a stable and safe community environment.
Our mission is to cause, encourage and promote community self-empowerment through the development of economic, educational, employment and affordable housing opportunities.
Druid Heights CDC is a grass-root, residents driven and community focused organization. Neighborhood residents are committed to leadership, community service, advocating and supporting the planning and development of the community. Their input and volunteer support is essential to the operations of community outreach programs. As Druid Heights CDC continues to build residential and commercial properties, our strategy is to “build people first”.
Our re-entry program focuses on ex-offenders that are just released from prison; we provide case management and biweekly men’s rap and women’s rap sessions. We also have transitional housing as well as a component targeting home detention. Where we have a structured 3 day a week 6 month program that impacts DOC Home detention clients helping them to reintegrate into society.
In addition, our case manager’s act as a liaison’s and advocates. Our expected outcomes for CDHU clients is to help clients successfully complete Home Detention and adhere to all DOC/CDHU/DPP rules , preparing clients to adjust to a normal life by establishing relationships with families and children , deter criminal behavior , deter substance abuse , reduce recidivism , increase public safety.
Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Inc. hosts two full Community Resource Centers at William Pinderhughes Elementary Middle School and Frederick Douglass High School. The Community Resource Centers offer a wide range of free support services and programs based on the need of the community and the school.
Each center brokers and manages local and national partnerships that are designed to enhance the school and community at large.
Druid Heights CDC's Housing Counseling program offers counseling in financial planning, pre – and post-purchase, default and delinquency prevention, predatory lending, HECM (Reverse Mortgage) and other aspects of homeownership and tenancy. Additionally, it works collaboratively with public and private financial programs to ensure proper financing for eligible participants.
Housing Counseling is to provide first time homebuyers with the tools necessary to ensure sustainable homeownership. Using various curriculums the housing counselor and DHCDC partners provide financial planning and asset management as well as comprehensive housing counseling.
Druid Heights CDC’s Real Estate Development Program provides quality home-ownership and rental housing opportunities to households with low moderate and upper income households in the Druid Heights Neighborhood and throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
The Real Estate Development Program is the corner stone for the agency’s holistic approach to community economic development activities. The program’s primary development focus has been to implement the comprehensive community plan created with the input from neighborhood residents that outlines the areas land use development activities.