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Burlington Development Corporation (BDC)

Our mission is to provide safe, decent and sanitary housing for persons of low-wealth, including families and elderly, handicapped or disabled persons.  Our goals and objectives are to engage in or assist in development, financing or operation of low-income housing and provide supportive services necessary to attain academic and economic successful residents.

Our initial project was to purchase and renovate an old school building for housing.  In 1978 Burlington Homes – Section 8 project opened its doors to house elderly and handicapped Section 8 eligible residents.  Through a series of efforts, this building was refinanced through bond mortgage under our non-profit to qualify for HUD subsidy.  One hundred (100) units at 507 Everett Street provide housing based on an individual’s ability to pay as set by HUD.

Our second initiative was to start Future Challengers (an after-school/summer enrichment program for public housing youth 6-12 years of age and now for 13-18 year olds).  Sessions for the youth are as follows:  Whiz Kids (youth K-5 th grade); Dream Girls (middle to high school females) and Training for Manhood (middle to high school males). A three (3) time national award winner, this tutorial program addresses academic, behavioral and parental issues by involving youth in a structured environment at public housing sites (four centers) Monday – Thursday during school session and all day Monday – Friday during the summer. 
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Graves, Reid and Sangal Performance Scholarship (G.R.A.S.P.S.) – a program that provides funding support, mentoring and family counseling to adults 18 years of age and older seeking post high-school certified training.  Funds are provided to bridge the gap beyond tuition and books so vital for academic success.  All recipients are required to perform required hours of community service between school sessions. 

Currently, we are beginning our sixth (6 th) year with three (3) recipients enrolled in various curriculum at Alamance Community College and four (4) enrolled at four-year universities.  All funds received are administered under the direction of a scholarship committee comprised of local business and agency representatives.  No Board member, committee member or staff receives any monetary compensation for their work.  All funds not used to cover costs for fund raising (annual event) are used for scholarships.

Burlington Development Corporation received funding from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in June 2008 to support homeless individuals and families.  The “Housing Opportunities Producing Empowerment (H.O.P.E.) Program” – a permanent housing project is designed to lease housing for six (6) chronically homeless persons living with mental health and substance abuse issues.   Funding for the H.O.P.E. Program was received in the amount of  $314,450.   The “Supportive Tools Enhance Program Success (S.T.E.P.S.)” –a transitional family housing project will consist of two and three bedroom apartments serving four (4) families.  Funding was also received for the S.T.E.P.S. project for $151,950.  The 25% cash match for these programs was provided by two local partners.  The H.O.P.E. and S.T.E.P.S. projects are successfully underway, as the first recipients of both these programs have obtained housing.

Burlington Development Corporation received funding in 2009 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to implement “Empowering Communities through Self-Employment and Small Business Development” Program.  This 9-week training program helps individuals aspiring to become entrepreneurs develop the skills and knowledge required to create a successful business plan.

The small business training program was implemented in collaboration with Alamance Community College Small Business Center (provides individual and group counseling for those aspiring to become small business owners) and Truliant Federal Credit Union (provides certified facilitators to teach the training). 

 
 
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