May 22, 2013

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HOMESTEAD, FL, May 8, 2013–Officials of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and Carrfour Supportive Housing announced today that Verde Gardens, an innovative housing project for formerly homeless people and those with special needs, was the recipient of the NDC Academy 2013 Award in the Housing Development category.  Verde Gardens, located in Homestead, FL, is a 145-unit townhome project uniquely developed with a 22-acre organic farm and public farmers’ market that is operated by its residents.

Verde Gardens did not happen overnight.  The site is the former Homestead Air Force Base which was destroyed in 1992 when Hurricane swept through the area.  Over two decades later, and only after the creativity and persistence of many stakeholders, Verde Gardens emerged.  The project was featured in TIME Magazine as an innovative an innovative development that provides housing for formerly homeless people in an environmentally friendly community where residents can also participate in and benefit from unique agricultural programs.


For more information about Verde Gardens, contact Allie Schwartz, Carrfour Supportive Housing, 1398 SW 1st St., 12th Fl., Miami, FL 33135, (305) 371-8300,

The National Development Council (NDC), a national leader in economic and community development, celebrated its fifth biennial Academy 2013 with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and U.S. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan as keynote speakers.  Mayor Castro welcomed the 350 plus participants at the event’s Keynote Lunch on the opening day, while Secretary Donovan addressed attendees during the Awards Luncheon held the final day of the conference.

Since 1969, NDC, one of the nation’s oldest non-profit community development organizations, has been committed to increasing the flow of capital to distressed urban and rural communities.  NDC is mission-driven to create and implement community and economic development strategies that improve underserved communities and bring about catalytic change.  To accomplish these goals, NDC offers a wide range of services, including technical assistance, professional training, small business financing, development expertise, and debt and equity for housing, commercial and community facilities projects.


Over the years, NDC has invested more than $450 million in equity for affordable housing and historic preservation projects, which has leveraged an additional $500 million of investments. “We are proud to have financed projects that include housing for families, seniors and people with special needs nationwide, creating more than 7,500 units of housing in 29 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,” said Robert W. Davenport, President of NDC.

Other winners of NDC Academy 2013 Awards:

Community Development

Mountain View, Anchorage, AK, the redevelopment several projects in a low-income community, undertaken by the Anchorage Community Land Trust


Job Creation
Green City Growers Cooperative, Cleveland, OH, a multi-faceted project that includes a year-round hydroponic food production greenhouse, a 38,000 square foot distribution center, supported parking and green space on nearly 11 acres


Creative Financing
I. Jerome and Rosemary Flance Early Childhood Education Center at Murphy Park, St. Louis, MO, a 23,800 square foot facility that serves a low-income community with 13 infant, toddler and preschool classrooms along with  a wellness clinic


Nearly 80 projects were submitted by communities from across the country.  Award winners were selected by their peers.  For more details about the award winning projects, visit


NDC Academy 2013 was sponsored by:

Citi Community Development, CohnReznick; BB&T; PNC ; Shallo, Galluscio, Bianchi & Fucito; Law Office of Mark D. Foster; SunTrust; Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson; Novogradac & Company; KeyBank; Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Pep; and Status Credit.


About The NDC Academy
The NDC Academy is a biennial conference of the National Development Council, which brings together economic and community development professionals from around the nation with policy makers, advocates and elected officials for high impact training, learning and networking.


About the National Development Council
For more than 40 years, the National Development Council has worked to create and implement economic and community development strategies that increase the flow of capital, establish finance programs and help to create a professional economic and community development workforce.  NDC offers a wide range of services, including development assistance, professional training, small business financing and debt and equity for residential, commercial, public and non-profit facilities projects.  To learn more, please visit


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