TREC Community Investment
TREC Community Investors joins forces with underserved communities to invest in the disinvested, energize neighborhoods, and change lives. Through access to flexible capital and real estate expertise, we make an unwavering commitment to build a lasting impact in the communities we serve.
For over 30 years, The Real Estate Council has been dedicated to transforming Dallas by creating equitable development that revitalizes the region’s most underserved communities. Since its inception, TREC’s philanthropic arm has provided a unique combination of loans, equity-equivalent investments, and expert TREC-member technical assistance to over 250 nonprofit organization and partner organizations.
Reimagined and launched in 2021, TREC Community Investors seeks to build on the strong foundation of TREC’s 2,000 members and continue employing a place-based strategy that transforms neighborhoods block by block.
Who We Are
An innovative organization dedicated to equitable development and neighborhood revitalization in Dallas and Collin counties.
A unique resource that empowers communities through an unrivaled combination of assets: financial capital, world-class expertise, targeted education, and a passion for making a difference in our city.
A trusted partner with the experience to help rejuvenate local economies, increase essential services, create jobs, expand affordable housing, and transform underserved areas into vibrant, thriving communities.
What We Do
Loans – As a 501(c)(3) organization, Community Investors is certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and provides flexible loans to qualifying organizations transforming underserved communities. Learn More
Grants – Community Investors provides capital and technical assistance to selected grantees with real estate projects in Dallas County that fall into one of the following areas: Neighborhood revitalization, housing, job creation, the environment, and education. Learn More
Professional Services & Technical Assistance – Community Investors’ unique business model combines financial and human capital, allowing us to exponentially increase the value we add to every community project we do, accelerating our momentum towards neighborhood revitalization. Learn More
Educational Programs – Community Investors offers targeted learning opportunities for those in the community who want to expand their knowledge of real estate. Learn More
The Dallas Catalyst Project (DCP) was introduced in 2018 as a partnership between TREC Community Investors, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Forest Forward to revitalize the Forest District neighborhood in South Dallas. To date, TREC Community Investors has committed more than $2.7 million to the DCP, with funding extended through 2022. Learn More
The Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development (DCED) launched in 2019, thanks to a $6 million investment by JPMorgan Chase & Co’s Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods program. This initiative is dedicated to equitable housing and real estate development, jobs and wealth creation, and community ownership in the Forest District, The Bottom, and West Dallas-Census Tract 205. Learn More
Help communities strategize and finance their vision
Community Investors Loan Committee – This committee’s members oversee loan approval and portfolio management of Community Investors. Members of this committee assist in the pre-vetting of loan requests for prospective projects.
Dallas Catalyst Project (DCP)
This committee supports real estate development and other projects within the Dallas Catalyst Project, a multi-year initiative in the Forest District neighborhood in South Dallas that is committed to achieving the community’s vision for revitalization.
Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development (DCED)
This committee focuses on affordable housing and real estate development opportunities in three Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development neighborhoods. Project Managers coordinate TREC member professional services and real estate development and management resources.
Professional Services Committee
This committee deploys TREC members as skill-based volunteers to help manage projects undertaken by the organization’s grant recipients, including the Dallas Catalyst Project, Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development, and professional services projects, to ensure a return on investment with measurable results. Project managers provide updates and assist with outcomes reports.
Young Guns Community Investment Project
This committee supervises and executes the annual Young Guns project. The 2020 project was a renovation of the St. Philip’s School and Community Center We Creation Innovation Lab within the Forest District as part of the Dallas Catalyst Project.
Associate Leadership Council Class Project
Each Associate Leadership Council (ALC) class completes a community investment project as part of program requirements. The Class of 2020’s project was a partnership with Cornerstone Baptist Church to construct Southpoint Community Market, which offers Forest District residents low-cost food and household items.
Create a Lasting Legacy
TREC counts on the generous support of our members and the community to further the place-based work of TREC Community Investors. When you donate to Community Investors, you will become part of a neighborhood revitalization effort unlike any other in Texas. Even better, your investment will create a lasting legacy that can be beautifully measured in communities transformed and lives changed.