NKCDC advances social equity & economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live and actively shape their neighborhoods of choice.

We provide free housing services to anyone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and support residents and small businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods. Learn more


Housing Advisor

NKCDC's Housing Advisors work to build healthy communities and expand homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income households. As Housing Advisor, you will provide your clients with the skills, knowledge and information to buy and maintain a home, provide them with energy assistance and improve their current housing situation. Learn more.


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$10,000 down-payment assistance for first-time homebuyers

The Philadelphia Division of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) provides up to $10,000 in funds for qualified participants to use toward a down payment or closing costs. To qualify, applicants must complete housing counseling at a City-funded agency like NKCDC, before you sign an agreement of sale. Full details can be found here. Please call NKCDC at 215-427-0350 or visit us in our new offices at 2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1—one block from the Somerset El stop. Our services are free.

Free Homebuyer Workshops

Wish you could buy a home, but not sure where to start? Twice a month, NKCDC offers free workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Housing experts-—including PHFA lenders, realtors, insurance agents, and home inspection agents-—answer all your questions. ┬íTambien hay clases en espa├▒ol! See available dates and locations here.

Our Work

Healthy Housing
We work to provide safe, secure housing for Philadelphia residents through free one-on-one housing advising, home repair programs, energy assistance, and real estate development.

Community Building
We equip block leaders and mobilize residents to build a safe, healthy community. Through interaction with city and state governments, NKCDC gives voice to resident concerns.

Economic Development
We promote local business development to create jobs and community wealth by connecting local startups and businesses with services and funds, and working with the arts as a vehicle for economic stimulation.

NKCDC to train and hire Community Health Workers

As part of Pennsylvania's Health Enterprise Zone to improve health incomes across North Philadelphia, NKCDC will be hiring 8-10 community health workers and certified peer specialists to conduct health screenings and connect residents to health care, healthy food, credit and budget counseling, and other social service resources.

The initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, addresses the "social determinants of health"—economic and social conditions like stress, employment, housing quality, or access to food that have a profound effect on people's health.

"Community health workers encourage partnerships and collaboration between health care providers, community organizations, and residents to address inequities and barriers to health care services, reduce health care costs, and help residents lead healthier lives," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said.

"Health is a fundamental human right, and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the same level of health and quality of life," said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

In July, NKCDC will offer a three-week Community Health Worker and Certified Peer Specialist training led by Jefferson University. The training is paid, and may lead to part-time employment or workforce coaching with NKCDC.

Community health workers bridge the gap between health care providers and patients by helping patients navigate the health systems and social support services available in their community, as well as advocate for the patients they work with. Community health workers are trained by medical and public health professionals and typically come from the communities they work with, ensuring cultural competence as they help residents live healthier lives.

"Certification programs like these give NKCDC an opportunity to offer additional employment to neighborhood leaders," said NKCDC's Community Engagement Director, Andrew Goodman. "The skills that make someone a good block leader are very employable and marketable skills."

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