Song Community Development Corporation

Song Community Development Corporation

Sông Community Development Corporation was created in 2021 to further the community development work in New Orleans East following the organizing and rebuilding efforts of community leaders post Hurricane Katrina and subsequent disasters and challenges. Our mission is rooted in the Vietnamese American experience of New Orleans East and pursues

Song Community Development Corporation

Sông Community Development Corporation was created in 2021 to further the community development work in New Orleans East following the organizing and rebuilding efforts of community leaders post Hurricane Katrina and subsequent disasters and challenges. Our mission is rooted in the Vietnamese American experience of New Orleans East and pursues the full liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) across all intersectional identities to improve the quality of life of residents in vulnerable communities in Southern Louisiana. Together with community partners, our justice work encompasses health, climate, food, education, housing, workforce as well as the culture and arts. Our values are community, equity, accountability, collaboration and trust.

About the Organization:

Sông Community Development Corporation was created in 2021 to further the community development work in New Orleans East following the organizing and rebuilding efforts of community leaders post Hurricane Katrina and subsequent disasters and challenges. Our mission is rooted in the Vietnamese American experience of New Orleans East and pursues the full liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) across all intersectional identities to improve the quality of life of residents in vulnerable communities in Southern Louisiana. Together with community partners, our justice work encompasses health, climate, food, education, housing, workforce as well as the culture and arts. Our values are community, equity, accountability, collaboration and trust.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

California

The Issue:

Resilience has inadvertently caused the disinvestment of the Vietnamese community in New Orleans East, leading to the lack of infrastructure building, economic development and cultural preservation. This idea that Vietnamese people are ‘resilient’ and can easily bounce back from adversity has permeated mainstream media post-Hurricane Katrina. However, this belief has resulted in inadequate support to community development efforts. According to the 2020 Census, this is a particularly vulnerable population, as 26% of the population lives as renters of temporary housing, 35% of the migrant community is limited-English proficient with Vietnamese as their native language and about 70% of the adult population have a high school education or less. Disinvestment means that there are not enough essential services, such as quality healthcare, workforce development initiatives, safe public spaces, affordable housing and healthy foods, leading to a lower quality of life for residents.

The Solution:

At the core of Sông CDC’s mission is a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusiveness, community involvement, and collaboration. We aim to create a safe and supportive environment where community members can connect, learn, and grow together. Through various programs and initiatives, we aim to educate, empower, uplift our communities, and create meaningful change to create a more equitable and just society for all. Support from this funding will contribute to our work in improving the quality of life of residents through these core strategies: Equitable Community Development to build vibrant communities with a focus on revitalizing disinvested communities with our affordable senior housing development, business facade improvements, green infrastructure projects, and quality water testing Community Services and Programs to connect ecosystems to streamline immediate assistance and provide ongoing services to vulnerable families such as healthy food access, workforce development with VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative, disaster planning and response, and ongoing community conversations. Policy and Advocacy to identify critical issues that resonate with our community and allies that are informed by learnings such as food justice, coastal advocacy, and environmental justice.

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