About Us

"All m
en and women are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr. "Strength to Love". 1963


The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to facilitate the preservation, revitalization and non-displacement of residents in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District.


Our neighborhood, once the mecca of African-American prominence in Atlanta, is now making a dramatic comeback because of the collaborative revitalization efforts of community residents, concerned citizens, and civic, corporate and governmental leadership. Historic District Development Corporation is proud to lead the way in rebuilding, restoring, and revitalizing this vitally historic neighborhood. Our commitment encompasses 3 ideals:
  1. Historic preservation—retaining the historic and cultural character of the existing community;
  2. Non-displacement—maintaining neighborhood diversity by intervening and improving life opportunities for residents; and
  3. Sustainability—linking mixed-income, mixed-use development to sustainable economic growth, thereby creating an environment where families can be self-sufficient.


HDDC was co-founded by Coretta Scott King, Christine King Farris and John Cox in 1980 as an all volunteer neighborhood-based organization with a charge to preserve and revitalize the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District. As a non-profit community development corporation, HDDC is comprised of neighborhood residents, community leaders, community business people, and professional advisors. HDDC’s goal is to restore the area to the proud, economically diverse, and viable community that once existed as it maintains its historic character while preventing displacement of long-term residents. 

The Historic District lies within the Old Fourth Ward which was settled in the early 19th century by whites and free blacks. Residents came from all walks of life from physicians to Pullman porters, maids to ministers, contractors to cooks. One of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta, its historic significance is greatly enhanced by the fact that Dr. King was born, lived and preached here. Dr. King’s family lived on Auburn Avenue until 194l and continued to live in the neighborhood until 1948. Dr. King returned to Atlanta in 1960 and served as co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, with his father MLK, Sr., until his untimely death in 1968.


HDDC is a state-certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

HDDC is a city-certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) with the City of Atlanta Office of Housing.