Coalition for Responsible Community Development (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Mark Wilson
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Coalition for Responsible Community Development
  • Address:3101 S. Grand Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2137436193

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  • Mission:
  • The Coalition for Responsible Community Development’s mission is to better sustain, coordinate, and improve local planning, development, and community services that address the needs of low-income and working class residents and small businesses in South Los Angeles.

  • Overview:
  • With effective community partnerships, CRCD advances its mission through Youth Development, Real Estate and Economic Development, Support Service, and Neighborhood & Community Beautification programs to improve the lives of young people and the Vernon-Central community in South Los Angeles as a whole. Our programs encompass a wide array of youth-focused community development services, any one of which could suffice as the exclusive goal of a nonprofit seeking to make a positive impact; however, CRCD’s leadership believes that a holistic approach integrating the four programs is the most effective way to address a history of challenges in Vernon-Central which disproportionately compromise and negatively impact the area’s large percentage of youth aged 17-25—the demographic CRCD believes can be responsible for hope, growth, change, and empowerment in the further positive development of the community.
    1. Support Services and Ruth’s Place. CRCD established a Support Services department in 2011 in order to provide on-site life skills and case management services to youth and other low-income residents in CRCD housing to improve their chances of staying housed. The Support Services team oversees Ruth’s Place, the only drop-in center in South LA for young people who are facing homelessness (scheduled to open in 2014). Ruth’s Place is currently the only community resource designed to meet the needs of youth 17-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, providing direct services and a bridge to programs and services that help youth reconnect to housing, education, & career path opportunities, and build meaningful lives.
    2. Youth Development. CRCD’s youth development programs tripled in size during 2013, and are positioned for more growth in 2014:
    South LA YouthBuild—a CRCD-led partnership with local LA Trade Technical College helps 50-100 young people per year earn a high school diploma, enroll in college, and revitalize their neighborhood by helping to build CRCD permanent supportive and affordable housing.
    Vernon-Central Workforce Development Network (VCN)—a CRCD-led, neighborhood-based collaboration of nonprofits and LA Trade Technical College connects out-of-school, unemployed youth to education and jobs, and serves 60-70 youth per year.
    CRCD Academy—CRCD’s alternative high school located on campus at LA Trade Technical College provides an expedited path to a high school diploma and dual enrollment in college to promote a college-going culture for 100+ youth per year.
    CURE—CRCD’s alternative sentencing project with LA City Attorney & LA County Public Defender redirects youth to education & jobs, and serves 10-25 youth per year.
    3. Real Estate and Economic Development (REED). CRCD’s real estate and economic development department is a direct response to the problem of youth homelessness, and develops affordable rental housing with on-site supportive services for young people aged 17-25 and other low-income and vulnerable populations. CRCD’s real estate portfolio now includes seven housing complexes with 239 housing units that represent a combined investment of $85.4M in South LA, thanks to collaborative efforts with community partners. On the economic development side, CRCD also helps form and run the Central Avenue Business Association with an on-staff Business Liaison, who connects local businesses, community organizations, and civic leaders through grassroots outreach and relationship-building to provide small business assistance and promote economic growth along the historic Central Avenue corridor. This Economic Development department also links youth graduates of CRCD programs with neighborhood job opportunities.
    4. Neighborhood & Community Beautification. Often providing a first employment opportunity for local youth, CRCD’s Neighborhood & Community Beautification Team removes graffiti, picks up and disposes of bulky items, cleans up alleyways, and performs street and business corridor maintenance. CRCD’s beautification efforts provide opportunities for youth to build skills while interacting with employed adults who model effective work habits and guide hands-on activities that promote public safety and civic pride. In 2013, our crews removed 5.1 million square feet of graffiti, reducing tension and violence among our area’s 55 active gangs. In 2010, we launched a social enterprise (“CRCD Enterprises”) to create similar service jobs for youth.

  • History:
  • In 2005, community leaders in the Vernon-Central neighborhood banded together to create a place-based solution to the challenges of high rates of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, justice system involvement, and low educational attainment disproportionately affecting young people ages 17-25 in the area. Vernon-Central is immediately south of downtown Los Angeles and east of the 110 Harbor Freeway, and was renowned for its role in jazz history from the 1920s to 1950s. It is home to national register-listed landmarks such as the Historic 28th Street YMCA and the Dunbar Hotel. The Central Avenue corridor in Vernon Central holds historical significance as the place where African Americans settled in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th Century, creating a professional working-class neighborhood populated by black-owned businesses, with the Avenue as the cultural hub. Today, 89% of residents in Vernon-Central are Latino and 10% are African American.
    CRCD’s focus on youth in Vernon-Central resulted from decades of experience in community-based work on the part of CRCD’s founders, backed by data from the U.S. Census and the City & County of Los Angeles. The data shows South Los Angeles to have the largest concentration of young people aged 18-24 across the 88 cities that comprise L.A., in addition to a significant gap in resources for this same population. Most social programs either stop service delivery to people who reach 18 or begin services at ages 24 or 25, or older. Driven by a conviction that bridging the gap in services and reconnecting “transition age youth” to education, job, and community leadership opportunities could fuel the revitalization of Vernon-Central as a whole, the leaders formed CRCD. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps provided fiscal sponsorship from 2005 to 2006, and today serves as a key partner.
    The permanent supportive housing philosophy is the cornerstone of CRCD’s approach to responsible community development. Permanent supportive housing is a model practice for ending homelessness, and combines affordable housing with support services, such as one-on-one classes/counseling or group workshops with an on-site Support Services Coordinator, who can provide wrap-around services, link residents to social services, or teach residents financial literacy and/or basic life skills and provide other training that helps residents stay housed. Since the 1980s, the permanent supportive housing model has been adopted and championed by a growing number of community-based, nonprofit, and government organizations as the most cost-effective and efficient way to reduce chronic homelessness.
    CRCD now has 9 years of experience in creating, managing, and growing programs that provide direct services to youth and other low-income families and people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Vernon-Central. The addition of a robust, full-service homeless youth drop-in center in our service area is a critical next step for the continued effectiveness of our comprehensive community development work.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:39


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:20-2445113

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:202445113
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:3101 S GRAND AVE
  • Organization City:LOS ANGELES
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90007-3816
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 2005
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O50
  • Asset Amount:$9,676,539
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$6,880,391
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$5,994,848
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:42:53 am

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