The CDCA connects resources to Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods to improve the quality of residents’ lives.

We provide funding, advocacy, training, and networking opportunities to our member Community Development Corporations (CDCs). CDCs are neighborhood-based 501(c)(3) community development organizations. They bring together a broad assortment of partners to revitalize places, attract new employers, improve residents’ financial well-being, and enhance public health. Their community engagement work builds a more cohesive community and enables them to attract and guide revitalization work that benefits their neighborhoods.

Our members include CDCs from the Greater Cincinnati area, including Northern Kentucky, as well as our developers, funders, community partners, architects and engineers.

We advocate for funding and policy changes locally, regionally, and federally. Policy advocacy has included: retaining the tax credits for affordable housing; reforming payday lending; requiring residential inspections for land contracts, preserving and growing federal HUD funding, supporting affordable housing through inclusionary zoning, and support for Aging in Place initiatives.

Training programs include both internal trainings offered by ourselves as well as referrals to outside trainings, plus funding support for the cost. in 2018 we conducted our first internal half-day training program focusing on organizational best practices, funding opportunities, and resources available through the City of Cincinnati public records. We will hold a second fall session focusing on site and building review and analysis, environmental considerations, and landlord roles for property development and ownership.

Our networking opportunities generate public awareness and provide forums for best practices. We hold about 6 luncheons a year and also host an annual neighborhood Bus Tour, awards luncheon and Holiday Party. Our 2018 luncheon topics include: a legislative luncheon with representatives from our federal legislators; small business recruitment and resources; building your neighborhood inclusively; partnering with schools to build community; techniques for engaging residents to support affordable housing; and tools to help residents age in place.

Our operational support includes HUD funding, City of Cincinnati funding, down-payment support for CDC-developed properties, targeted grants such as Training cost reimbursement support and our Back Office Program.

CDC Focus Areas


Aging in Place Support for Seniors; Residential Facade Improvement Program; New affordable senior facility construction; Acquisition and renovation of single-family units; Net zero urban village; Mixed income new construction; Renovation of existing multi-family units; Renters equity program.

Education and Social Services

Peer to peer support group; Connections with educational resources; After school tutoring and homework help.

Financial Empowerment

Financial literacy training; Homebuyer education; Energy usage education; Financial counseling; Home down payment assistance.

Workforce Development

Job training; Employment referral and coaching; Job fairs; Neighborhood job banks; Youth employment.


Community gardens; Farm stands for fresh produce; Community markets; Advocating for self-reporting health; Physical and mental health care.

Our Staff

Denise Hamet

Denise brings a passion for Urban Redevelopment along with more than 25 years of both private and public experience encompassing economic development, real estate development, banking, community planning, and financial analysis. She is an experienced Business Developer and Project Manager able to move complex projects from concept to reality. She received her MBA from Arizona State University and her BSBA from Arizona State, and has a Certificate in Light Construction Development Management from the University of California, Irvine. In addition to her role as an Executive Director of the CDCA, Denise serves on the Boar of the Sorg Opera House Revitalization Group and volunteers for the Commercial Real Estate Women (and is a past president of CREW).

Steven Mingus

As the newest addition to the CDCA, Steven combines a diverse background including legal, accounting, volunteer work, and project management. He’s a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Anthropology and is currently studying there for his Master’s Degree in Accounting. He’s passionate about the revitalization of Cincinnati and spends his free time developing real estate as a volunteer board member of the Spring Grove Village Development Corporation. When not working, he spends a lot of time reading, running, playing tennis, and walking his two greyhounds.

Samantha Plante

Currently studying at Miami University of Oxford, Samantha started working for the CDCA in January 2018. She is responsible for managing social media as well as data organization and collection. Samantha studies Geography and Sustainability with a focus on Urban Design. Originally from Milford, Ohio, she feels passionately about the Cincinnati area, as well as its residents, natural areas, and growing businesses.