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



Words Beats & LIfe, Inc. Inaugural Park Jam

  • Marvin Gaye Park (5200 Foote Street “The Riverside Center”)

On Saturday August 9th, Words Beats & Life, Inc. and WPFW 89.3FM will be hosting the first ever Park Jam at Marvin Gaye Park from 12pm-7pm. The festivities will include DJ performances, dancing, a free BBQ, and a resource fair with non-profits from around the region. Check out the press release of the event for more details.


Connect.DC’s Technology Scavenger Hunt

  • OCTO Headquarters (200 I St. SE)

On Saturday August 16, Connect.DC is hosting a free technology scavenger hunt for all DC residents at OCTO headquarters from 11AM to 4PM .  Participants must solve clues, plot the best route,  use technology to get ahead of the pack, and compete for fun prizes!  See event flyer for more details and register online here!

6:30pm (past event)

Barry Farm Zoning Commision Meeting

  • One Judiciary Square (441 4th ST, NW, Suite 220)

The Zoning Commission will hold a public meeting on July 28th, 2014 at 6:30 PM. This meeting is a follow up to the public zoning hearing held in June. The commission will review materials and determine whether to take proposed action or hold a further hearing in September.


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:

Contact New Communities

NCI Community Maps