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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
HISTORY

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.  

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INVESTMENT

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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VISION

 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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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

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

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The Opportunity
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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.

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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
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Events

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Community Building: A Restorative Approach to Building Collective Efficacy

  • 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE

Collaborative Solutions for Communities will introduce collective efficacy, solution focus, building social capital, and restorative practices as a framework to shift current conversation between communities and police/government agencies from “reducing gun and youth gang violence” to practical steps on “improving opportunities for communities to succeed.” Click here to register.

Updates

Director of New Communities Departs, Takes New Role at Housing Authority

Kimberly Black King, the Director of the New Communities Initiative (NCI), has accepted a position with the DC Housing Authority as their Chief Development Officer. In her new role, Ms. King will oversee planning and development activities for the Housing Authority’s portfolio of over 8,000 units of public housing. Ms. King will still be actively involved in the redevelopment of the four neighborhoods under NCI.

Barry Farm Aquatic Center and The SeVerna on K Ribbon Cuttings

Barry Farm, Northwest One

Last December, the New Communities Initiative celebrated two important ribbon cuttings on projects that bring quality affordable housing and recreational opportunities to District residents. On Saturday, December 13, 2014, city officials, community leaders and residents celebrated the opening of the new Barry Farm indoor Aquatic Center in Ward 8. The Barry Farm Aquatic Center is […]

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