rendering of Barry Farm

The New Communities Initiative is a District of Columbia government program designed to revitalize severely distressed subsidized housing and redevelop neighborhoods into vibrant mixed-income communities. The Initiative includes four neighborhoods in the District of Columbia: Barry Farm / Lincoln Heights – Richardson Dwelling / Northwest One / Park Morton

History of New Communities

The New Communities Initiative was created as a response to federal budget cuts to housing revitalization programs and increasing local pressures to address crime and poverty in District neighborhoods.  


The New Communities Initiative provides public financing to achieve physical redevelopment and access to human capital. This approach leverages private investment in creating healthy communities. New Communities is a collaborative effort that includes residents, government partners, community organizations, advocates, lenders and developers.

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 The vision for the New Communities Initiative is for vibrant mixed-income neighborhoods that address both the physical architecture and human capital  needs, where residents have quality affordable housing options, economic opportunities and access to appropriate human services.



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One for One

to ensure that there is no net loss of affordable housing units in the neighborhood.

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to Return/Stay
The Opportunity
to Return/Stay

in the community to ensure that current residents will have a priority for new replacement units in an effort to remain in their neighborhood.

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Mixed-Income Housing

to end the concentration of low-income housing and poverty.

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Build First

which calls for the development of new housing to begin prior to the demolition of existing distressed housing to minimize displacement.

In the summer of 2013, Pleasant would get two phone calls. First, a resumé that she gave to her case manager (Homes for Hope) led to a new job. Then, she learned she could move into a newly constructed development as part of the New Communities Initiative. Today, Pleasant takes advantage of Jazzercise classes in the F.H. Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center, located in the mixed-use complex. 'I moved two blocks, but it feels like I’m a thousand miles away,' Pleasant said.   –Adopted from the January 8th Washington Post article, Kimberly Pleasant, Lincoln Heights resident
Living at Temple Courts has been a struggle and a success in itself, especially being a single mother of two. We lived there for eight years with broken elevators, dark hallways, drugs, and destruction in and around the dwellings.....I will never forget the help received while looking for my first home. We truly appreciate HOU and commend them highly on their dedication to our family and all of the Temple Courts residents. –Angela James, former Temple Courts resident
Bobbi has been an inspiration to her community, her classmates her family and the HOU Case Management Team. She never once allowed her circumstances to determine her destiny. We look forward to more success and continue to encourage her to reach for the stars.  –Housing Opportunities Unlimited, case management team



Park Morton Planning and Design Workshop

  • Bruce Monroe Elementary School @ Park View

Click here to view the meeting flyer. 

Park Morton, a 174-unit public housing community along the Georgia Avenue corridor, is slated for redevelopment into a new, mixed-income and mixed-use development as part of the District’s New Communities Initiative. The city has proposed using part of the Bruce Monroe site (along Georgia Avenue, between Irving and Columbia), to replace existing units at Park Morton, minimizing the displacement of Park Morton residents during redevelopment. There are also opportunities to preserve and improve park/green space at both sites, add retail and community amenities.


Lincoln Heights New Communities Advisory Committee Meeting

  • Riverside Center (5200 Foote Street, NE)

The monthly meeting for the New Communities Advisory Committee Meeting will take place at the Riverside Center and will feature updates on development, human capital, public safety, and community announcements and activities.




Park Morton Steering Committee

The Park Morton Steering Committee will meet to provide support, guidance, and oversight to the development team implement the Park Morton Redevelopment Initiative Plan. Committee meetings are open for public viewing, and are facilitated by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the DC Housing Authority, with direct participation from […]


5201 Hayes Street “(Deanwood Hills)” Receives Preliminary Zoning Approval

Lincoln Heights

Hayes Street rendering

On October 15th, 2015, the Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed PUD Application and Zoning Map Amendment for 5201 Hayes Street, NE, otherwise known as Deanwood Hills. The site is a 2-acre former trash-transfer facility that will be developed into 150 units of multifamily housing in the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7. The project will deliver top quality, new construction of family-sized replacement public housing units to the site, with additional affordable units in a mixed-income setting. The project will also greatly improve the public space around the site with new sidewalks, tree plantings, street lights, playground space, and widening of an existing paper alley. The replay of the hearing and the full Zoning Commission case can be viewed here.  The project is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016.

CBM Executive Director Retires from Service After 17 Years

Barry Farm

George Garrow, Executive Director of Concerned Black Men National has transitioned from his long held leadership position of the 40-year-old men’s organization. Garrow has been the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the national organization since its inception in 1989. As the architect of the CBM National Office and a founding member of the Washington, DC Chapter of Concerned Black Men, Garrow has worked tirelessly to build the capacity of the organization to reach more children and their families in the District of Columbia and where CBM National projects are administered nationwide.

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