Our programs are all interrelated and build on each other. We are transforming our community through a holistic approach to community development that integrates (1) Workforce Development, (2) Financial Management and Home Buyer Education, (3) Housing and Economic Development.
Our holistic approach addresses broader objectives such as arresting tendencies toward financial dependency, chronic unemployment, and urban deterioration, resulting in a significant impact to individual lives and communities. By working concurrently on job training and placement, financial management and savings, and obtaining safe, decent affordable housing, participants served by FABCDC are more likely to be successful in long-term employment as well as career advancement, resulting in the realization of our mission.
We strongly believe in supporting other community-based and faith-based organizations by providing our resources support services and consultation. Also, FABCDC had partnered with other groups to indirectly provide early childhood daycare, after-school tutoring services, senior day care, and food ministry programs.
FABCDC has developed a strong reputation in the public and private community as a thriving organization for community economic development. We partner with both public and private agencies to implement workforce and economic development projects. To date we have received more than 6 million dollars in funding for our initiatives.
Our workforce development program provides job training and career assistance, such as self and skills assessments, soft-skills training (resume preparation, mock interviews, practice searching for jobs and completing applications), life-skills training (goal-setting, financial management education), and specialized industry training. We connect participants to employment opportunities which pay a living wage and offer career advancement opportunities.
The goal of our workforce development is for individuals in our community to attain economic self-sufficiency. FABCDC is working with a wide range of industries and city and state departments to form long-term partnerships in Nashville’s high-growth industries.
FABCDC is committed to on-going housing and economic development in our community. We believe what works long-term is investing in people and property to provide homes and enhance the opportunities for reinvestment in communities. Stable, affordable housing coupled with financial education and living wage job opportunities allows families time to invest in their career development and prepare for their future.
We construct and rehabilatate housing for affordable rental and homeownership. FABCDC has constructed six single-family homes for home ownership.
In an effort to launch more collaborative development for the North Nashville community where the need is great, the Noth Nashville Consortium (The Consortium) was founded in 2010 when four established nonprofit organizations with successful track records in the North Nashville Community came together to help stem the impact of the housing and related crises on the neighborhoods. This consortium is led by The Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation and includes Be A Helping Hand Foundation, New Level Community Development Corporation and Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership. These organizations have over 30 years of combined experience in addressing community economic development issues.
Additionally, the Consortium received 3 million dollars awarded via the Mayor's Office, which was 10% of 30 million dollars of federal stimulus funds also known as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program II, awarded to the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. The Consortium leveraged in total over 4 million dollars back into struggling North Nashville Neighborhoods to help stem the decline caused by the recent housing crisis.
The Consortium acquired, rehabilitated and added 36 homes to the affordable housing stock in North Nashville. In 2014, The Consortium decided to officially re-brand itself as the North Nashville Community Economic Development Consortium as it is actively expanding its impact through pursuit of community collaborations with local corporations, foundations and educational institutions.
The Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation (FABCDC) is pleased to have strong collaborative partners. We appreciate the vital support of many organizations, corporations and foundations over the years including:
Affordable Housing Resources
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Home Loan Bank (Cincinnati)
Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church
New Level Community Development Corporation
The Housing Fund
Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership
Lemoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation
Metropolitan Development Housing and Agency
The Memorial Foundation
Middle Tennessee Urban League
Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence
Be A Helping Hand Foundation
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Tennessee Housing Development Association
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fifth Third Bank
Renasant Bank (formerly Capital Bank and Trust)
The Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services