About Us

About Us


Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) is an outreach and community center serving Church Hill and neighboring communities in Richmond’s East End. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest community-based agency continually serving Church Hill children and families. PPDC gives children a safe, consistent, structured, and loving environment in which to thrive, where staff and volunteers establish long-term relationships of trust and support for the children and their families. In addition to Youth Programs, PPDCs Community Programs are an integral part of life in Richmond’s East End.

Our Neighborhood

Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) is the oldest continually operating community center in Richmond’s East End. Located in the heart of the community, we are compelled to do all that we can to serve our neighbors – especially the children. The neighborhood, Richmond’s East End, is characterized by the highest concentration of poverty in the city. Other statistics include:

  • Four of the city’s largest public housing communities (indicated in red in the map below) are located in the East End, within a one-mile radius of the Center.
  • These four public housing communities were built in the 1950s and 1960s and have more than 1,800 units combined.
  • The average income level for Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority properties, including these four public housing communities, is less than $8,800.
  • In the PPDC neighborhood, the median household income is approximately $15,500 (the poverty threshold for a family of four is $22,314).
  • More than 55% of residents living in the PPDC neighborhood are living below the poverty level.
  • In addition, almost half (46%) of adults over age 25 have not completed high school or its equivalency.East End Map w Larger Landmark Signs

Sources: Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority, 2006-2010 American Community Survey