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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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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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“Residents understand that you cannot go through life by yourself, you have to have belonging and community. Through our work (New Communities), we've brought a sense of belonging and community, and I believe that we've played a role in the community for everyone.” –Patrick Williams, Property Manager, Columbus Property Management
“New Communities helps residents feel like they have some support system to get through difficult times and difficult decisions.” –LaShone Davis, Case Manager, HOU
“New Communities is a great idea that takes families that are entrenched in under-served communities and helps them. It provides a home for families that have been through cycles of poverty, and breaks those cycles.” –Anthony Wash, Founder, A. Wash & Associates
“The best part is to see the graduates walk across the stage, to hear the families scream 'you actually made it' and to see them be so successful.” –Aretha Lyles, Service Provider, Choices program
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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Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings Juice Bar Thursdays in June

The New Communities Initiative (NCI) team will be holding Juice Bar Thursdays every week during the month of June at the Riverside Center from 1:00PM to 3:00PM and from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.  We will be serving delicious juice and having conversations about how the changes coming to the neighborhood as a result of redevelopment can benefit everyone. We hope you will drop in and bring a friend along with you.

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Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings Juice Bar Thursdays in June

The New Communities Initiative (NCI) team will be holding Juice Bar Thursdays every week during the month of June at the Riverside Center from 1:00PM to 3:00PM and from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.  We will be serving delicious juice and having conversations about how the changes coming to the neighborhood as a result of redevelopment can benefit everyone. We hope you will drop in and bring a friend along with you.

1:00pm (past event)

Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings Juice Bar Thursdays in June

The New Communities Initiative (NCI) team will be holding Juice Bar Thursdays every week during the month of June at the Riverside Center from 1:00PM to 3:00PM and from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.  We will be serving delicious juice and having conversations about how the changes coming to the neighborhood as a result of redevelopment can benefit everyone. We hope you will drop in and bring a friend along with you.

Updates

Barry Farm Resident Design Workshop

Barry Farm

On June 20th residents of Barry Farm participated in a planning and design workshop facilitated by DMPED, DCHA, and members of the master development team. Residents provided feedback on a number of elements, including the development site plan, green space, amenities, housing units, floor plan layouts, and design features. The meeting presentation can be viewed HERE.

Park Morton

On May 25, 2017 NCI presented to the Park Morton Steering Committee about the human capital plan for Park Morton residents, and the results of a needs assessment and evaluation of NCI’s human capital program.  The needs assessment was an extension of a larger assessment commissioned by DCHA for all of its family properties, and completed by the urban institute.  The following is the presentation from the meeting.  Future steering committee meetings will focus on the work being done by the human capital providers in the community, and how that work has changed as a result of the Urban Institute’s study.

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