The Northwest Florida Community Housing Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization that strives to expand the availability of affordable housing in our community.
Northwest Florida CHDC is a type of organization called a Community Housing Development Organization, or CHDO.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, a Community Housing Development Organization, or CHODO “is a private nonprofit, community-based, service organization that has, or intends to obtain, staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves.”
Northwest Florida CHDC was founded in 2014 by Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, but has its own nonprofit status, its own board, and is legally separate from Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. The Northwest Florida CHDC board consist partly of current Pensacola Habitat board, partly of Pensacola Habitat staff, and partly of community members eligible for services.
Northwest Florida CHDC was created to allow the capacity that Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has created to be utilized in other areas that serve the community, but outside of Habitat’s specific mission. The organization hopes to expand affordable housing options and services to more groups of people–people not necessarily in the low income category.