We're hiring a Community Engagement Associate

Be NKCDC's eyes and ears in the community. Bring needed resources to residents in Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond. Learn more.

Fall cleanup flier

Fall Cleanup 2017

Please join us for our annual Neighborhood-Wide Fall Cleanup, Saturday, October 28. Cleanup locations will be listed here.

Project Reinvest: Homeownership

FINANTA and NKCDC are dispersing hundreds of $10,500 down payment assistance loans to eligible homebuyers in Philadelphia. More.

First-Time Homebuyer Workshops

Buy your first home like a pro. Four-hour workshops, two times each month.

Free housing counseling

Take advantage of all available resources for homeowners, homebuyers and renters. Call 215-427-0350 or request an appointment here.


Up to 10 businesses will win Storefront Challenge

Shift Capital, Impact Services and NKCDC invite you to reimagine Kensington Avenue.

Through the Challenge, which launched September 12, Shift Capital will provide funding and free rent to place up to 10 business concepts in commercial spaces on Kensington Avenue. NKCDC and Impact Services will help applicants with business plans, financial plans, licensing and permitting, zoning, referrals for financing and other business needs.

Shift, Impact, NKCDC logos

"Any time you're thinking of opening a business, putting together a business plan and a financial plan are big obstacles-—even if you know how to do it," said Kae Anderson, Economic Development Director for NKCDC.

"This assistance is what we do all the time," Anderson said. "If you want to start a business but you don't know how, the Storefront Challenge is your chance."

Winners of the Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge will receive up to one year of free rent in a long-term lease from Shift Capital, up to $10,000 toward interior improvements of a retail space from Shift Capital, 50 percent of the cost of installing signage and storefront features, and up to $10,000 per storefront (or $15,000 for a corner store) from the Storefront Improvement Program through the Department of Commerce.

"The impact of this investment will go far beyond helping a few businesses," said Tess Donie, Associate Community Engagement Director at NKCDC. "The activation of storefronts can be a big deterrent to crime. With it brings vital physical improvements like lighting, more eyes on the street, relationships with the police department, and opportunities to expand a connected business community. This is an important step in changing people's experience of Kensington and inviting them back to the Avenue to shop."

A launch event for the Storefront Challenge will be held at 2774 Kensington Avenue on September 27. Program details and application information are also available at kavechallenge.com. Applications are due November 1, 2017.

People seeking technical assistance with their application should contact Kae Anderson at kanderson@nkcdc.org or 215-427-0350 x136.

Who is NKCDC?

New Kensington Community Development Corporation strengthens the physical, social and economic fabric of Philadelphia communities through sustainable development and community building. NKCDC empowers residents and promotes resident-driven development. With more than 30 years of experience, we've developed a multifaceted approach to neighborhood revitalization.

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2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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