Valley Community Development is a non-profit corporation formed in 1988 by Casa Latina, a local non-profit agency, to address the growing needs of low and moderate income people through developing and preserving affordable rental and ownership housing, cultivating economic self-sufficiency and fostering community leadership. The impetus for forming Valley Community Development was to address the shortage of affordable housing and the shrinkage of blue collar jobs in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.
Valley Community Development is located in Northampton, MA. Our service area is Hampshire County, with primary focus on Northampton, Easthampton, Amherst, and Hadley.
Since 1988, Valley Community Development has developed over 220 units of affordable rental and ownership housing; provided business technical assistance to well over 1500 entrepreneurs; assisted many thousands of homebuyers and homeowners; and helped low income homeowners correct health and safety code violations in their homes.
In 2011, we started the Pedal Poker Ride as a way to come together as a board and community to support the community development work that we do. Support from the Pedal Poker Ride has gone a long way in:
- Creating affordable housing
- Providing first time homebuyer workshops and counseling
- Helping homeowners in need with foreclosure prevention and financial literacy counseling
- Supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs