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Our Mission

Our work comes from a simple notion: Home is the foundation for everything in life.

And when life throws a curveball, the home should be a safe place to land — not another source of worry. Having a place to call your own is a basic right for everyone.

We were founded in part as a response to racial and economic injustices in the communities we serve. Since the early 1970s, CommonBond Communities has provided homes and supportive services for those most in need. Now, nearly 50 years later, injustices still exist and our mission is more relevant than ever. Our expertise ranges from interacting with officials on complex legislation and developing properties, to making sure a child has a safe place to do homework and caring for homeless populations and veterans. In spite of the obstacles and systems that exist to hold people back, we persevere in order to create equitable housing that’s affordable for all. 

Our mission is to build stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities.

Our vision is that every person has a dignified, affordable home that supports independence and advancement within a flourishing community.

Yet the sad truth is that affordable rent is not available for everyone. The required number of hours worked in a week to keep up with rent, childcare, transportation, etc. is continually rising, while wages seem to stay the same. It’s not hard to understand how tough it is to keep your head above water when you’re starting out at a disadvantage. Often, residents have a hard time keeping up with the cost of bare-minimum living, even after coming home from multiple jobs.

We feel a deeply rooted responsibility to support our neighbors in finding a home that’s affordable, with the tools needed to support themselves. But we can’t do it alone—join our movement!

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Last year we were the catalyst for these life-strengthening achievements

  • In 2018, 56% of Study Buddy participants below grade level in reading made more than one academic year’s progress.
  • 100% of high school seniors in teen programs graduated high school.
  • 251 new adult job placements, with 76 adults moving from temporary to permanent or moving up in wage or position.
  • 92.31% of households considered “at-risk” of eviction or negative turnover successfully resolved housing risks.
  • 3,180 CommonBond residents strengthened their ties to the larger community by attending events in their neighborhood.

Read Our Annual Report

“I have had many advantages, and a great way for me to help others is by contributing to the sustainability of CommonBond—a solid and viable organization—and its residents.”

George Golden

“My family is blessed to have found such a great organization at a time when we were hitting rock bottom! Thank you so much!”

Tiffany Ivie

“CommonBond does so many things to help and support people. What a great asset to the community!”

Cindy Pemble-Diel