History

FREEDOM began as a Faith-Based response to the cries of urban communities and has evolved into a coordinated intentional vehicle for identifying, creating and implementing prescriptive and preventative solutions to challenges facing urban, suburban and rural American and international communities.

In the 1980’s, high unemployment, a decaying industrial base and rising crime rates in Oakland, Atlanta and throughout Connecticut, New England and the Industrial Midwest created a rise in challenges to healthy families, communities and government. FREEDOM was organized as a “think tank” collaborative involving Senior Pastors and grass roots and business/industry leaders in Texas, Georgia, Maryland/D.C., California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana and New York. This brain trust gave birth to FREEDOM, taking the best practices in each community, developing replicable models of engagement and deploying them where opportunity and resource presented themselves.

FREEDOM focuses on 4 primary areas of engagement through their operating divisions; Economic Development, Education and Training, Housing and Sustainability. We also lead and participate in a host of ‘pro bono’ community engagement areas, including but not limited to; Community & Law Enforcement Relations, Youth Mentoring and Engagement, International Education Initiatives and Community Health and Wellness. FREEDOM has partnered with a host of Governors, U.S. Senators, Members of Congress and Senior Municipal Elected and Appointed officials.

Housing

Homes Saved By Faith

Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention Workshops and Seminars serving more than 100K families in conjunction/collaboration with CT Department of Banking, CT Fair Housing Center, FDIC and FHLB

Homebuyer Education & Financial Literacy Initiatives

Scores of Home Buyer Education, Training and Advocacy Programs Developed and being provided currently throughout the state, region and nation.

Economic Development

Martin Luther King, Jr. Corridors Initiative

Community Planning and Development program for qualifying communities with Streets, Avenues and Boulevards named after Martin Luther King, Jr. In Collaboration with office of Governor and CT Department of Banking.

Tiny Homes Initiatives

Urban In-Fill Housing Development Initiative

Net Zero Communities/Villages

FREEDOM Development Initiative Concept. Creating self-sufficient “off the grid” neighborhoods comprised entirely of homes with zero carbon footprint impact.

Sustainability

Shiloh – 1st African-American Church To Go Solar In State Of Connecticut/Recognized Connecticut Leader – EPA “God Goes Green” Initiative

Connecticut Green Bank Partnership

  • PosiGen Residential “Solar for All”
  • The SMART-E Sustainability Financing Program
  • The Connecticut PACE and Multi-Family Residential Programs

Energize Connecticut Energy Efficiency Programs

Benchmarking & HES & HESI Programs

National Susainability Initiatives

  • Selected State PACE Programs
  • National Faith Organization Initiatives

Training And Education

Faith And Community Development Training Initiative

Capacity Building and Training for Faith and Community Organizations seeking to initiate and/or enhance affordable and mixed income housing development programs and projects.

Workforce Development Initiatives

Apprenticeship and Job training Programs to provide access to construction career pathways in collaboration with Bridgeport Landing Development, Green Forest Community Development, PSEG and the Workplace Inc.