In December 1985, St. John CDC was chartered by the State of Florida. It was founded through the church leader, Rev. Henry Nevin. The Articles of Incorporation state it was formed specifically and primarily to raise the economic, educational and social levels of low income residents of Miami-Dade County, Florida, whose income is below federal poverty guidelines; to expand the opportunities available to said residents and groups to own, manage and operate business enterprises; to assist in developing entrepreneurial and management skills and assist in obtaining financial support from other sources; to expand opportunities to obtain adequate low-cost housing by constructing, rehabilitating and providing decent, safe and sanitary housing in Miami-Dade County for persons and families of low income who otherwise would not be able to find or afford a suitable housing in St John CDC’s target area, which is in the central section of the City of Miami, just northwest of the Downtown area
The mission of the St. John Community Development Corporation (St. John CDC), is to energize the vitality and positive image of Overtown and Greater Miami-Dade County, through partnerships that build and rehabilitate housing, strengthen the economic base and enhance the quality of life in Overtown and greater Miami-Dade County.
St John CDC has over 250 Apartment units developed or in development.