The field of community development encompasses in a holistic manner a broad range of human development activities and an equally extensive array of economic development activities centered on disadvantaged areas. Community development consists of
activities carried out under the leadership of community-based non-profit groups for the purpose of enhancing the physical, economic, educational, and social assets of specific low-asset areas and in so doing empower residents to gain greater control over their neighborhoods? future and enhance family and individual capacities. . . . [including] affordable housing, business development, job creation, employment training and job placement, work support, commercial revitalization, child and elder care, social services, health care, and other related activities.
- Seedco, Request for Proposals to Establish Community Development Leadership Programs at HBCUs, 1996, p. 3.