cdcb: A Unique Community Development Model
Nick Mitchell-Bennett & Edna Oceguera
We decided to consider housing—how houses are financed, developed, built, inhabited—through its relationship to the environment. We turned to cdcb, or come dream. come build., because of its holistic approach to building affordable housing and its attention to not only the home itself, but also the context in which it is built and who it is built for.
cdcb was founded in 1974 to provide safe, affordable housing options for low-income residents of the Rio Grande Valley. It is a community development corporation unlike any other in Texas, in part because of the range of services it provides in-house. In addition to developing affordable housing, cdcb offers financial services and education. An individual can come to cdcb and have many of their homeownership needs met under one roof, by people who have knowledge and experience working in the region. —Lizzie MacWillie, Kelsey Menzel, Jesse Miller, and Josué Ramirez, Brownsville Undercurrents editors