CDCs are leaders in tearing down walls, literally and figuratively, and creating communities where ALL people can live with dignity while participating in and benefiting from our economy. This is the ideal vision of what CDCs are striving to achieve. But most people don’t have the faintest clue who we are or what the acronym CDC means. The general public’s understanding of a CDC, if they have one at all, most likely is centered on affordable housing. We, as a field, aren’t very good at telling the public what we do. Why we do it.