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.
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.