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East Village Community Development Corporation

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Employment
  • People with Disabilities
  • Veterans & Military Families


825 BroadwaySan Diego, CA 92101 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To empower and San Diego county residents to achieve economic viability in providing employment preparation skills training and assistance in job development by Unlocking Opportunities to prospective employment and placement possibilies.


EVCDC will provide simple, yet extraordinary employment services, while meeting the needs of San Diego county residents in the personal service industry. Enabling individuals to address core problems (disabilities, felony convictions, homelessness, etc.) by extending useful information and resources to guide, support and accomplish employment goals.

To lead, facilitate and participate in the revitalization of both the City and County of San Diego through the commitment to economic development of those who are disenfranchised and are at risk. Through the empowerment of job development, we will provide quality job readiness training, new jobs and opportunities through economic and business development. EVCDC’s overall vision is to provide helping hands in healing the hearts of those who are in need of its services.

For the past 20 years, San Diego, one of America’s finest cities, has been undergoing an expansive, energetic and trend-setting revitalization of it’s nationally renowned and frequently emulated urban center. This area is quickly becoming the main attraction for people who want to live, work and play in this culturally rich and economically diversified core of the city of San Diego. The City of San Diego’s population, according to a 2010 study, is 1, 301, and 617 (2010 Redistricting Commission Population Report). Of that population, there are more than 10,000 homeless, which include more than 2,500 disable veterans.

With the influx of new businesses and housing development in downtown San Diego and the County, employment opportunities for persons with disabilities has increased over the past decade. Along with the rest of Southern California, employment opportunities have decreased and employment providers have lacked the initiative or desire to assist those who are disabled or suffering from acute gentrification which occurred parallel to downtown’s revitalization. Unfortunately, many of the city and county long time residents have struggled economically in the work place due to unemployment and the lost of jobs because of the slowing of the economy. It became clear in 2005 that the service industry is vital to the city’s thriving economy required to supply trained persons to maintain growth into the 21st century.

The vision of Ulysses Downing, Jr. saw the need for a community development corporation (CDC) in the East Village. The CDC is an organization typically characterized by its charge to address housing affordability and job creation.

East Village Community Development Corporation (EVCDC), formed in 2005, has been formally approved by the State Franchise Tax Board and exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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