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 builds teams through after school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 44 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. DC SCORES accomplishes this in an innovative model combining poetry, soccer, and service-learning year-round.
McKinley Technology High School Auditorium (151 T Street, NE)
Higher Achievement will be hosting its annual Green Apple Awards — the 8th grade graduation ceremony — on Tuesday, May 19th. This is guaranteed to be a special evening where students will be celebrated for their acceptances into some of the city’s top high schools. Higher Achievement is a New Communities human capital grantee that gives youth from at-risk communities their best opportunity to succeed in middle school and in life.
Housing Opportunities Unlimited will be hosting their 5th Annual Community Career & Service FAIR on Thursday, May 14. Come meet with representatives from VMT Education Center, Wells Fargo, Project Empowerment, Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative, and many more! This event is supported by grant funding from the New Communities Initiative. Click here for the meeting agenda.
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.
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.