Community Development Strategies (CDS) is a small, woman-owned business that provides affordable housing development consulting services. CDS is headquartered in downtown Chicago.

2020 Community Development Strategies Accomplishments 

  • Led RAD/LIHTC closings including 974 public housing units (including PBV and PBRA).
  • Wrote successful Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant.
  • Worked with a team on the first PHA RAD/Public housing close out.

CDS provides senior-level expertise based on decades of experience working with HUD and housing agencies across the country in converting to RAD, structuring, leveraging and implementing affordable, sustainable, mixed-income and mixed-use redevelopment projects with multiple-financing layers.   Learn More →

CDS specializes in the project management and implementation of HUD’s programs including: Rental Housing Demonstration/ Section 18/project-based voucher conversions, mixed-finance/mixed-income development. CDS works to maximize revenue to invest and preserve affordable housing assets. View our services →

RAD Development Consulting + Project Management

Pre-Closing Activities

  • Planning/Predevelopment/Due diligence
  • Funding applications (LIHTC/HUD approvals)
  • Procuring/Selecting contractors
  • Transaction document review/Closing process

Post-Closing Activities

  • Budget and schedule oversight during construction
  • Draw preparation/Review and processing
  • Lease-up oversight
  • Reporting/Equity and lender milestone requirements

Asset Repositioning + Strategic Implementation

Portfolio and Site Level Analysis 

  • Asset repositioning alternatives
  • Strategic implementation strategies
  • PHA Annual/Capital Fund Planning
  • Tracking timelines/Budgets/Action items

Technical Assistance + Training

Best Practices and Internal Agency Experience

  • RAD and development processes
  • HUD public housing/Procurement compliance
  • Project draw/construction pay app processing
  • Section 3/MBE/WBE certified payrolls compliance