PhotoICADC History

The Illinois Community Action Development Corporation (ICADC) was formed in 1999 by the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) and its members to increase the amount of affordable housing throughout Illinois.

The primary mission of ICADC was to provide training and technical assistance so that Community Action Agencies have the capacity to develop affordable housing in rural communities to stabilize Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens- low-income families, veterans, seniors, and people living with mental illnesses to name a few.

Since its inception, ICADC has supported many Community Action Agencies in developing or operating affordable housing through one-on-one technical assistance either from in-house staff or outside consultants. ICADC has served as the developer for eighty-four (84) units of multifamily housing and twenty-five (25) units of single family housing.

Today, the mission still focuses on affordable housing although it has been expanded to also include economic development. This allows ICADC to strengthen communities by engaging agencies and community leaders in creating additional opportunities that foster better living conditions, create more jobs, and provide financial opportunities to further the mission of Community Action.

In 2013, ICADC is combining the social elements of Community Action with the basic principles of economic development to develop the concept of social enterprise throughout the network. Social enterprise applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being. This is the fundamental business goal – any profit generated can then be utilized to further the social platform of the organization.

ICADC continues to serve the Community Action Network through the generous support of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). This partnership has made this website and all of the activities included herein possible.