The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) continues to make major moves in 2019, as the South LA developer recently submitted plans for two side-by-side projects located on the 6700 and 6800 blocks of Main Street.
Once completed, the combined projects will deliver 112 affordable units catering to transition aged youth, veterans, and homeless adults. In addition to basic housing, the development will also feature several amenities and support services, including a child care center, café, pool, fitness center, community rooms, and dance studio.
The unveiling of these latest plans comes just a few months after CRCD broke ground on another project, one block south at 69thand Main Street. That project dubbed “the Residences on Main”, is a 50-unit building that will provide supportive services and a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, for chronically homeless, transition-aged youth and families.
CRCD’s recent flurry of development activity represents the next phase in the organization’s mission to improve“the quality of life in South LA’s historic Vernon-Central neighborhood” through development. Long before outside developers found their way into South LA, CRCD had become a fixture in the South LA community by providing education, career prep, housing and related services to unemployed and underemployed youth. By 2017, CRCD had already developed over 300 affordable housing and permanent supportive housing units for low-income residents – totaling more than $103-million dollars.
In October 2018, CRCD Enterprises opened a new 4,000-square foot training facility at 2415 S. Central Avenue, allowing the company to expand its training programs in construction, facilities maintenance, and urban infrastructure. According to an article published at the time by the LA Sentinel, the training center was built in response to the “growing need to address the disproportionately high unemployment rate in South Los Angeles”.
Since that time the program has provided an intensive training program, providing opportunities for trainees to gain actual worksite experience before “trainees transition to permanent job placement or continue training programs where they can earn nationally recognized certifications, such as OSHA and HBI PACT”.