What We Do
Solid Rock Community Development Corporation aims to bring an end to decades of concentrated poverty on SE Colorado Springs through strategic and cooperative community transformation investments.
We plan to achieve this by initiating a new era in our community development efforts through a strategy of investments that focus on:
- Building a self-sustaining SE economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.
- Creating job opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.
- Supporting policies and systems that help businesses and communities thrive.
- Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to promote economic, health and safety for individuals and communities
We believe that only by increasing well-paid employment and affordable housing will we strongly reduce poverty.This will require not only the work of nonprofits such as Solid Rock Community Development Corporation, but also creative solutions and partnerships through private investments and local, state and federal governments.
These opportunities are available in Colorado Springs and we must work together to provide jobs, affordable housing and improve the community environment in SE Colorado Springs.
Solid Rock CDC community economic development efforts are targeted to assure that the development of businesses and jobs for SE Colorado Springs align with the economic growth, development and jobs of Colorado Springs. We believe that it is essential that the economy of the SE move from one of high levels of government support to sustainability from increase jobs and improved community infrastructure.
Most individuals in the Southeast who are entrepreneurial and want to start small businesses may not have a healthy credit rating, or may lack business experience, or do not have a business plan. These limitations likely result in a funding organization not approving loans for these individuals. Solid Rock CDC can provide business plan support, fiscal management and researching capabilities, entrepreneurial training and follow-up, thus increasing the likelihood for business success for the Southeast residents who receive our services.
Solid Rock CDC is committed to providing attractive living and working environments to improve the quality of life for SE residents. Safe and pleasing business areas will attract business owners and patrons, resulting in business growth. In a related matter, Solid Rock CDC supports the efforts of nonprofits and government agencies to improve transportation between SE Colorado Springs and the rest of the city.
A lack of affordable housing is a significant obstacle to citizens of SE Colorado Springs who are in the process of economic development. Because factors such as race, ethnicity, and social status put many SE residents at a disadvantage when seeking housing, Solid Rock CDC is committed to take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support.
Our efforts at small-business development will improve the economic status of those we will serve, and infrastructure development will help create an environment favorable to economic development. Nevertheless, successful progress in these areas will not automatically solve the housing needs of SE Colorado Springs because economics is only one factor in the housing crisis. Race, ethnicity, social status, and other factors put many people at a disadvantage when seeking housing. Therefore, we will take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs. We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support. Solid Rock CDC does not intend to become a landlord. Instead, the CDC will be an agent of help and support for individuals and families who need affordable housing so that they can become thriving members of SE Colorado Springs.