In the late 1980’s leadership of the three churches in the Capitol Hill area of downtown Atlanta (Central Presbyterian Church, The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and Trinity United Methodist Church) discussed the need to form a neighborhood based community development corporation. Capitol Hill Neighborhood Development Corporation (CHNDC) emerged from those discussions between the venerable churches in the shadow of the Capitol.
The purpose of CHNDC is to implement specific projects to aid in creating a vibrant, attractive neighborhood on Capitol Hill with a variety of activities, uses, and a mix of residents from all walks of life. CHNDC works to reinforce the role of the three churches in the southern part of Downtown Atlanta to improve the immediate environs of our churches and to facilitate their ministries. CHNDC works with our government neighbors, business organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that the collective vision of our churches not be lost in their deliberations. In short, CHNDC works to create a vision which is inclusive, harmonious, and vibrant—a true City on a Hill.
Because all three churches have had long history of service to and advocacy for the homeless population, “the least of these,” CHNDC, in its capacity as a 501(c)3 development corporation and with expertise in real estate development, is working to find opportunities for the development of supportive and affordable housing. It is doing this through research, alliances with provider organizations, and sourcing capital to address this need and to create more supportive housing in the City.
The charter for a new corporation to be known as the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Development Corporation was issued on March 25, 1994. It was set up as a membership corporation in which the three churches are the members and the members in turn elect the board of directors.
CHNDC has been certified as a tax-exempt non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Although its members are the three churches, it is a separate non-sectarian legal entity. It has a proven track record, as evidenced by its work in the development of Hope House across from the Trinity-Washington Building and the new 836-space, $15 million Government Center Parking Deck across from the Atlanta City Hall.
The churches which are members of CHNDC are Central Presbyterian Church, The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and TrinityUnitedMethodistChurch. All of these churches have a rich history with a longstanding emphasis on social ministries. They have maintained their primary places of worship on Capitol Hill for more than 150 years.