John P. Greenan
Most of my working life has been spent as a trial lawyer. Now as the Executive Director of Central Dallas CDC, I imagine how we can make things better for the City of Dallas. Currently, our priority is housing in order to end to homelessness in Dallas.
Nationwide, studies have shown that this “housing first” strategy has an 85% success ratio, not to mention it is less expensive than caring for people who are on the streets.
Currently, we have several other projects under-way from single-family housing to an international design contest for a sustainable block of Downtown Dallas. We work in connection with the City of Dallas and our neighbors to be certain we never forget that low-wage workers deserve a home just as much anyone else does.
Everyone deserves a decent place in which to live. That very simple value statement drives and defines our work in housing development. Since we’ve decided to work on the very lower end of housing continuum, our efforts are defined by the complications of public funding, the hard work of attracting philanthropy, the typical challenges of complex developments, and the rewards of depending on trusted partners to get things done. At the same time, the people we meet who need the housing drive our mission.
Decent, affordable, accessible housing acts as an intervention on life for the vast majority of the people for whom we provide housing. Many of our tenants understand homelessness by firsthand experience. Great, high-quality housing shouts a message, loud and clear, that everyone matters, that every life is deserving and that every effort is more than worth the investment. The Central Dallas Community Development Corporation will continue to provide an extremely important housing product to our city. The result will be a benefit to everyone
Lori Beth Lemmon Harrison
The past three years working on the new CityWalk@Akard building has been a roller coaster ride. I am amazed with the transformation, progress, and up-grades made to the building.
It has been a true honor working for Central Dallas CDC and developing great new projects for the City of Dallas. It is great being in the newly re-vamped building located in the heart of Downtown Dallas.
I, at first had no clue as to how affordable housing development worked. In my ten years with Central Dallas Ministries I have had the chance to meet many people who deserved a better style of living. I had always been curious as to why the city was not more attentive to combat homelessness in Dallas. During my tenor with Central Dallas CDC I’ve been a voice for people who had no voice. We are currently working on developing further quality affordable housing in Dallas. It is not only great to be in our new building, but to also see the joy in people who are finally getting a place to call home. A home is the base for a solid foundation of living and living well and progressing as a member of the community.
Nicholas A. Sowell
James E. Sowell, one of the founding fathers of Central Dallas Ministries along with Larry James had but one thought in mind that was to care for the homeless in all aspects. Thirty years later I find myself working for Central Dallas CDC working towards the same goal. That now is to provide housing for both the formerly homeless and the low-income workers of the Dallas metropolitan area. As long as I work for Central Dallas CDC I will too carry with me the same mind frame, which is to take care of those who are less fortunate than others, no matter the cost. It is our mission as man to help those who need help and shelter those who need shelter and provide food and care to those who need it, we will never forget this for if we do then we have lost sight of what truly matters most in this world. This is an organization was built to aid and care for others, we shall see to it that never ceases, not in our lifetime, just as God cares so deeply for each and everyone of us, so then to we must care as greatly for those in need.
Naquanna Comeaux comes to Central Dallas Community Development Corporation from The Dallas Morning News, where she worked as Mesquite editor for its weekly community newspaper neighborsgo. Prior to that, she was Assistant Producer for Daystar Television Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing Christian television networks in the world.