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About | Siete del Norte

About Siete del Norte

Our Mission

Siete del Norte, CDC, has been working for more than 40 years to improve the economic well-being of low-income residents of northern New Mexico while seeking to preserve the area’s unique cultural, historical, and social traditions and ways of life. Siete provides services in economic and business development, affordable housing, health care, programs for the elderly, youth education and workforce training, land and water preservation, and community ownership of local resources. Siete’s programs and investments have resulted in the creation of more than 1,500 jobs and provision of services and training to more than 15,000 low-income residents of rural New Mexico.

A CPLC Affiliate

Siete’s primary affiliate in all activities is Chicanos por la Causa, Inc. (CPLC), the nation’s third largest hispanic-owned non-profit with an annual operating budget regularly exceeding $100 million, a broad array of programs and a staff of over 750 employees that serve over 190,000 clients on an annual basis in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. As a leader in the non-profit sector, CPLC’s accomplishments have been celebrated on the national stage and its CEO, Edmundo Hidalgo, has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential Hispanic leaders in the country. Through an entrepreneurial spirit incorporating for-profit models of sustainability, CPLC successfully generates, on average, 50 percent of its operating revenues through residential and commercial real estate developments, small-business lending and equity investments in minority-owned business enterprises. CPLC provides Siete with critical technical assistance as an institution experienced in capacity-building, investing in businesses and creating jobs.

CPLC Key Lines of Business

More than 42 years have passed since the day when a group of community and student activists of Mexican descent created Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) to address the problems of the barrios of South Central Phoenix, Arizona. Although its initial focus was on creating employment opportunities and combating community deterioration, CPLC became increasingly aware that these problems were much deeper rooted. As a result, CPLC expanded its services to provide assistance to disadvantaged individuals regardless of ethnic origin.

CPLC is the only community development corporation in Arizona that offers extensive services in both urban and rural areas. Its service delivery system is expansive enough to effectively reach thousands of low-income people. In its perpetual drive to provide needed services, CPLC continually assesses the needs of its communities throughout Arizona and the regions its affiliates operate in. The results of these assessments inform CPLC’s planning process for development of programs and services that will address the needs of its constituents, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, or creed.

Through thoughtful planning, CPLC established and currently focuses on the following services within the program lines listed below. Over the years, CPLC has developed a wide array of services and programs that continue to strengthen the state of New Mexico.

The economic development division provides business lending, commercial development, neighborhood revitalization, and financial empowerment.

Our education priority focus encompasses programs such as Head Start, charter schools, prevention, leadership workshops and academic enrichment programs.

The housing component encompasses all types of housing development, property management, client counseling, and other pertinent services.

Our social service programs include behavioral health, domestic violence shelter and prevention, emergency assistance, elder services, legal immigration counseling, HIV, individual and family counseling, women’s health, employment training and drug and alcohol rehabilitation and prevention. In addition to social services, CPLC espouses affiliates and maintains subsidiaries that fortify its presence within the communities it serves.