Our History

Skyline Terrace

ACDDC incorporated as a non-profit in Texas in August of 2006 and achieved 501(c)3 status the following May. ACDDC’s first project was the Skyline Terrace SRO conversion, a joint project with Foundation Communities, where ACDDC was housed until May of 2008 when we moved into our first offices in east Austin just south of the Mueller redevelopment. Since then ACDDC has worked with a number of clients including American YouthWorks, University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, Green Doors, Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and The Meadows Foundation.

Guiding Principles

Strongly influenced by the Principles of Smart Growth

1) Create Sustainable, Affordable Housing for Families with Low and Moderate Incomes
2) Reduce the Ecological Impact of the Built Environment
3) Encourage Community Collaboration
4) Cultivate Distinctive, Attractive Communities with a Strong Sense of Place
5) Educate the Development Community about Equitable, Cost Effective, Sustainable Practices
6) Create Walkable Neighborhoods
7) Fit New Development Respectfully into Existing Communities
8) Provide Opportunities for People to Connect with Nature

Core Values

  • Inclusivity: The community we serve includes ALL people, the ecosystem, and future generations.
  • Interdependence: We are part of the living systems upon which all life depends.
  • Whole Systems Thinking: Not only is everything connected to everything else, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.