The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. It began addressing conditions through community organizing and soon expanded to provide community services and develop housing.
Over time, tackling the area's lack of affordable housing became OLCDC's major focus. Since 1980, OLCDC has developed and sold 145 single-family homes to low-to-moderate-income first-time homebuyers and, through partnerships with private developers, has built over 2500 units of rental housing.
In 2010, OLCDC received a $20 million award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program to buy, construct and repair foreclosed and vacant properties throughout North Miami-Dade. These funds have provided OLCDC the opportunity to reengage the community and leverage resources to begin to completely transform the area.
Since then the OLCDC has expanded its focus areas to include arts/culture, social services, education, health/wellness, small business development and financial empowerment. It has also expanded its service area beyond Opa-locka. Today, the OLCDC serves North Miami-Dade County, including Opa-locka, Miami Gardens, North Miami and Liberty City.