Programs and Services
Capacity Building & Training
SFCDC provides group trainings, one-on-one technical assistance and capacity building tailored to the for affordable housing, the community development field. Our training programming focuses on topics that address affordable housing, community economic development finance, economic development, community revitalization and nonprofit organizational capacity development. These training opportunities are structured to primarily benefit non-profit organizations, community development professionals and local government but are open to all seeking to expand their knowledge in various aspects of community and economic development. Trainings are offered in group settings and webinars as organized and/or facilitated by SFCDC.
In addition to our traditional training and capacity building programming, in 2014 SFCDC expanded its services by co-designing and co-facilitating Community Scholars in Affordable Housing with the University of Miami Office of Civic & Community Engagement, University of Miami School of Education and Human Development and Catalyst Miami. The program is in its 3rd cohort. To learn more about the program click here Community Scholars in Affordable Housing Program.
In 2015, we co-designed the Miami Thrives Community of Practice with Catalyst Miami, University of Miami Office of Civic & Community Engagement, University of Miami School of Education and Human Development, and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida. The program works with organizations and coalitions to solve performance challenges and promote greater impact.
The communities of practice are selective leadership programs. We encourage you to apply in the next round. For a list of recent and upcoming trainings, visit our upcoming capacity building and training events.
Technical Assistance and Consultant Services
SFCDC provides technical assistance to nonprofits, local government and for-profit entities. If you require specific technical assistance on a community development topic, or if you have questions about the administration of federal or state grant programs please contact us. We have experience in planning, program development and monitoring these funding sources. For consultation pertaining to TA services, please contact Shekeria Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Research & Advocacy
SFCDC conducts policy research and advocates for policies that lead to more effective community development investment, accountability and oversight, programs and impact. SFCDC members use their voice and expertise help shape public policy through our housing and economic development policy committees. The committees are staffed by SFCDC and chaired by a SFCDC board member and/or general member. SFCDC members recommend top advocacy/legislative issues for the year and the organization strives to achieve those objectives through local, state, and federal advocacy. The committees support SFCDC’s Board of Directors and executive team’s advocacy work.
We are developing a resource directory for our members, elected officials, and the community to serve as clearinghouse to understand the regulatory framework impacting community development in Miami-Dade and a source of solutions and best practices.
Participating on a policy committee is open to all SFCDC members.
SFCDC is a member of the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC), Sadowski Affiliates, Florida Alliance of CDCs (FLACDC), and the National Alliance of Community and Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) and supports other local, state and federal organizations whose advocacy priorities align with ours.
SFCDC facilitates partnerships by creating opportunities for members and strategic partners to engage with each other. We build partnerships through:
1) Convening around issues relevant to the field and necessary to develop comprehensive community development programs and strategies.
2) Outreaching to community based organizations.
3) Providing opportunities for SFCDC members to network with each other and to introduce individuals who are working to expand affordable housing, create economic opportunities and develop vibrant communities.
4) Partnering with our diverse and growing member organizations and individual members to advocate policies, organize events and implement programs.