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
The New Communities Initiative wascreated 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.
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.
“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
DC SCORES will be hosting its annual Poetry Slam for the “East Side” on Thursday, December 4th in Lincoln Heights. It is sure to be a fun and engaging evening full of student performances! DC SCORES is a New Communities human capital grantee that offers programming citywide, including several schools serving Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings residents.
Mayor Gray, in conjunction with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of General Services, along with partners and stakeholders, will host a ribbon cutting for community residents at the new Recreation Center in Barry Farm. The event will mark the opening of the aquatics facility, and construction will continue on the rest of the Recreation Center, which is anticipated to be open to the public starting in the spring of 2015.
Mayor Gray, along with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, invite residents and community stakeholders to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the SeVerna on K, the latest New Communities project. Developed by Mission First, the SeVerna on K is a top quality mixed-income development located within walking distance of the District’s landmark Union Station. Of the 133 total units, 101 are affordable, and 48 reserved for former residents of Temple Courts and Golden Rule Center. The SeVerna on K is now leasing.
The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners selected Park View Community Partners to be the team to lead redevelopment of Park Morton apartments. Park View Community Partners is comprised of The Community Builders, Inc.; Dantes Partners, LLC; Torti Gallas Urban; Harkins Builders, Inc.; and Klein Hornig, LLP. “This redevelopment team was chosen based […]
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the highest rated applications for the prestigious Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition. Higher Achievement, a New Communities human capital grantee, was among the top applications and will receive a “Validation Grant” of nearly $12 million over five years for expansion within their four affiliates (Baltimore, DC Metro, Pittsburgh, and Richmond). This success is a significant accomplishment for Higher Achievement, and the success is a testament to the quality of the program, the hard work of the staff and board, and most importantly the student scholars who participate in the program. New Communities is a proud supporter of Higher Achievement, which has several programs serving student scholars in the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings neighborhoods.
“Of course this type of milestone would not have been possible without supporters like ODMPED and the New Communities Initiative. Thanks for helping us further our mission and reach more students than ever before.” –Emerald Stewart, Grants Manager, Higher Achievement.
Receiving the i3 grant is one of the highest honors in the education field. Of note, over 400 organizations applied this year and only three were awarded the Validation level grant.