In 1996, Alabama A&M University (AAMU) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to form a community based development organization, known as the AAMU Community Development Corporation (CDC), to promote housing and other economic projects in Huntsville and Madison County. In the decade that followed, AAMU partnered with the CDC to receive HUD grants and further both organization’s community outreach and service goals.
The AAMU Community Development Corporation (AAMU CDC) was incorporated in 1999 as an independent private 501(c)3 organization with the mission to promote and assist citizens and local governments in revitalizing neighborhoods and building viable communities. he CDC works in collaboration with AAMU, city and county governments, neighborhood organizations, civic groups, and financial institutions to accomplish its goals. Today, the CDC is a community housing development organization (CHDO), which has built 48 units with housing tax credits and has initiated an infill housing project with Federal Home Loan Bank assistance.