About Us

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) is a private, non-profit community development and social service agency founded in 1994 with a mission of creating opportunities to transform lives. The focus of our work is the City of Paterson.

Planting flowers outside the Paterson Urban Youth CorpsOur core work and organizational focus is on neighborhood revitalization, positive youth development, education, affordable and supportive housing, the preservation of the Great Falls Historic District, and direct public-policy innovation.

With a staff of 140 and an operating budget of over $8 million, we provide opportunities to transform the lives of families, teens, children and people with disabilities. Our work centers on four core areas:

Community Development: Sponsoring resident-led neighborhood planning, working to bring a state and national park to the Great Falls Historic District, strengthening community through AmeriCorps, and offering job training to young adults.

Affordable/Supportive Housing: Building and operating housing with on-site social services for individuals experiencing homelessness, people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, and young people leaving the foster care system.

Educational Initiatives: Operating an acclaimed high school focusing on engineering and technology, a large preschool to give Paterson’s youngest students a head start, and founding a charter school for 500 elementary school students.

Youth Development: Operating several comprehensive school-based and community-based “Teen Centers” to promote healthy lifestyles, providing 500 inner-city children with comprehensive after-school programs, and cultivating youth leadership through the Paterson Youth Council.

Americorps helpers rake leaves

AmeriCorps, a national service initiative begun by President Clinton, was New Jersey Community Development Corporation’s first program upon its founding in 1994.