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Quad Communities Development Corp. (QCDC) serves the South Side communities of North Kenwood, Oakland, and portions of Douglas and Grand Boulevard. QCDC was formed in May 2003 in partnership with 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, institutional, community and public housing leaders.

QCDC's mission is to convene residents, organizations, businesses, and institutions within the Quad Communities to plan, guide, support, and monitor human infrastructure and community development activities that will create a sustainable, healthy, mixed-income neighborhood.

Most community organizations operate as direct service providers. While QCDC serves as a convener of quality of life related programs within the Quad Communities, it organizes stakeholders and leverages resources in order to guide and support community development initiatives:

  • Organize stakeholders – QCDC utilizes grassroots organizing as a tool to market and promote area programs and to facilitate networking, information sharing, and partnerships among organizations. Example: QCDC convened approximately 400 residents and stakeholders to develop a Quad Communities quality of life plan. QCDC has secured over 40 partnerships with local and city organizations, institutions and agencies in order implement programs outlined in the plan.
  • Leverage resources – QCDC raises capital and secures technical assistance on behalf of direct service providers to fund projects and build local capacity and infrastructure. Example: QCDC has leveraged LISC start-up grants by approximately 200 percent, raising additional funds from institutional, government and private sources.

QCDC has accomplished much in its activities around four core program areas:

  • Education/Youth Programs – QCDC secured funding from the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools to appoint a Cluster Coordinator who supports and provides additional resources to the principals of seven elementary schools within the QCDC service area.
  • Center for Working Families  – Together with the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, QCDC secured Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program funds from the Federal and Regional Transportation Authority and convened 75 area institutions/employers to plan and design a transportation-to-work shuttle service within the Quad Communities.
  • Mixed-Income Housing Program – There are 718 units of federally subsidized housing at risk of expiring in next 5 years. QCDC convened partners, including Chicago Rehab Network and two community organizations to address the issue of expiring federally subsidized affordable housing properties. QCDC has also engaged an experienced not-for-developer to help preserve at-risk affordable housing properties.
  • Cottage Grove Commercial District Revitalization Program – In partnership with the Fourth Ward Aldermanic Office, QCDC setup and staffed the 43rd & Cottage Grove Tax Increment Financing (TIF)Council, which is charged with the task of guiding and overseeing development activities within the TIF District along Cottage Grove Avenue from 39th to 48th street.
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Quad Communities Development Corporation

4659 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653

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