Overview of the CDC

Overview of the CDC

In 1982, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors consolidated three entities – the Housing Authority, the Community Development Department, and the Redevelopment Agency – to form the Community Development Commission (CDC). Today, the CDC is comprised of two separate legal entities, the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (Housing Authority) and the CDC, both of which are part of the County family, but are independent agencies and not County Departments.

The Board of Supervisors currently serves as the Commissioners of the CDC -- which includes serving as the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (Housing Authority) -- setting policy for the agency.  The Board of Commissioners receives input from the agency's Housing Commission, which meets monthly at various locations throughout the County. Comprised of Board appointees and Housing Authority tenants, it is the Housing Commission’s responsibility to review and make recommendations on matters that will be presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval, including Section 8 and public housing policies and procedures.

Although the State of California dissolved all redevelopment agencies in February 2012, the CDC continues to serve in the County of Los Angeles as an affordable housing, and community and economic development agency. The CDC’s wide-ranging programs benefit residents and business owners in the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas and in various incorporated cities that participate in different CDC programs (these cities are called “participating cities”). Approximately one million of the County’s over ten million residents live in unincorporated areas.

Over 70% of the CDC’s funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The agency’s four main activity areas are subsidized housing, housing development and preservation, community development, and economic development. In Fiscal Year 2017-2018, the agency has a budget of $457 million and a total staff size of 580. 

Click through the various links on our website to learn more about our wide-ranging programs.