So Why SoDown?

Make an Impact

SoDown means those neighborhoods to the southwest of downtown Springfield, Ohio. Your gift makes an immediate, lasting impact to the revitalization of the SoDown Neighborhoods. With support from our generous donors, SoDown Community Development Corporation (CDC) will be able to engage the services of a professional urban design/planning team that will consider key issues like economic viability, physical infrastructure; vacant and underdeveloped properties; housing options; mobility needs; traffic patterns; connectivity; landscape and streetscape; land use and zoning analysis, and linkage to downtown developments that will turn around this historic Southside neighborhood.  In this area, residents are striving to overcome difficult circumstances and with your help, we can begin to rebuild this Southside treasure.
Give today and make a positive change in the lives of those most in need. Join SoDown CDC in rebuilding and strengthening the historic fabric of the neighborhoods we serve.
Addressing Critical Local Needs
Your gift enables SoDown to help people affected by some of our community’s most serious issues:
  • The CDC serves over 3,200 residents in the area.
  • 22% of all housing units and land in the neighborhood are either abandoned or vacant.
  • 43% of the neighborhood’s households make less than $50,000 and 10.4% of families live in poverty.
With your support, the SoDown CDC can continue to address these and other pressing issues, and expand our work to reach more people.

Turn Your Gift Into…

Neighborhood Potential
Help us turn this historic neighborhood back into the oasis it once was. With a focus on safety, new housing, and economic growth, the SoDown CDC can hire an urban design team that will help the neighborhood establish a Blueprint for Growth.
Neighborhood Stability
We work to restore vacant and abandoned housing back to productive use. The only way to do this is to undertake a planning process that focuses on helping existing residents to break the cycle of run down housing and new potential residents to find affordable, market rate housing.  We further want to link residents to medical, mental health and other services that help sustain a community.
Neighborhood Dignity
We work to place dignity on what residents believe is best for their neighborhood. We seek to engage all residents in the area so that the Blueprint for Growth is a common neighborhood shared vision for the area. 
Because SoDown CDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your donation is tax deductible.
For tax purposes, you will need our Employer Identification Number: 36-4729123.
Please consult with a tax professional regarding charitable tax deductions. 


Service Area

The boundaries of the SoDown CDC are the neighborhoods bounded by East/West Liberty St. off S. Limestone St. on the south, Jefferson St. between S. Limestone St and S. Yellow Springs St. on the north, from the railroad tracks on S. Yellow Springs St. to W. Liberty St on the west, and heading south on the right side of S. Limestone St. on the east.  
Our Partners
The City of Springfield, Ohio
The Turner Foundation
Rocking Horse Center
Great Springfield Chamber of Commerce