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



Lincoln Heights Back to School Carnival

  • 12:30-4:30
  • Marvin Gaye Park

Residents of Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings are invited to attend the annual back to school event! This year’s event will be carnival style, and will feature games, music, food, prizes, and school supplies. Click here for the flyer.

6:00pm (past event)

Barry Farm Relocation Seminar for Residents

  • 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Campbell AME Church (2562 Martin Luther King, Jr, Ave, SE)

The DC Housing Authority, in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, will host a relocation seminar for residents. The educational seminar will provide information to residents on the relocation process, including what to expect, different housing options, and how residents can prepare. Click here for the flyer.

1:30pm (past event)

Barry Farm CHOICE Neighborhood Steering Committee Meeting

The next Steering Committee meeting as part of the planning and development process for Barry Farm and Wade Apartments  will be held on Thursday, August 21st, from 1:30pm-3:00pm at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church (2616 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE), in the lecture hall basement.


New Communities Releases Interactive Maps of NCI Neighborhoods

Barry Farm, Lincoln Heights, Northwest One, Park Morton

The New Communities website now features interactive maps for each of the four NCI neighborhoods. Viewers can select maps for each neighborhood, which include separate categories that highlight the existing housing in the neighborhood, redevelopment to date, public amenities that have been created through NCI, and plans for future development activity.  Links for each neighborhood can be found on the homepage, as well as each neighborhood page, and can also be accessed here:

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NCI Community Maps