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St. James Community Development Corporation

History:  The St. James Community Development Corporation was created by the membership of St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, in an effort to provide sustainable and quality core services to the community of North Central San Mateo.

Mission:  The mission of the St. James Community Development Corporation is to support missions that address the social, quality of life, health, housing, and economic development issues that plague our community.

The inaugural project of the St. James CDC is the “New Beginnings” housing project.  New Beginnings will offer youth who are transitioning out of the San Mateo Foster Care System, stable, permanent housing, as well as individualized wrap around supportive services.  New Beginnings Housing is a small affordable housing project located in the heart of North Central, a historically redlined district and the least resourced neighborhood in the City of San Mateo.   Consisting of five 264 sq. ft. units, this safe affordable housing village will be reserved for 5 young adults aging out of the foster care system, one of the highest risk groups for potential homelessness.

Board of Directors

Picture of Rev. Dr. Marlyn Bussey

Rev. Dr. Marlyn Bussey
Board Chairperson

Picture of Andre Smith
Picture of Mr. Kamal Hubbard

Mr. Kamal Hubbard
Director & Secretary

Picture of Dr. Olivier Flewellen

Dr. Olivier Flewellen
Director & Treasurer


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Ms. Rhonda Rochon Smith
Executive Assistant
Board of Directors

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