New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) strengthens the physical, social and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building.

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


Americorps VISTAs

NKCDC seeks three outstanding individuals to provide a year of service through the Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. Our AmeriCorps VISTAs will function as a core part of our staff devoted to bringing low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Applications due June 22. Learn more.

NAC Program Associate

As NAC Program Associate, you will administer and coordinate NKCDC's Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Program of the City of Philadelphia, helping residents build skills for success in crime and safety reporting, housing assistance, vacant land acquisition, and sustainable living. Learn more.


Train to be a Community Health Worker or Peer Support Specialist

NKCDC is offering a free, three-week, paid training opportunity led by Jefferson University. State certification is given after the completion of the program, with the potential for part-time employment with NKCDC. Potential training start date is Monday, July 22, 2019. Deadline to apply is June 28. Apply online or at NKCDC's offices, 2771 Ruth Street, Philadelphia PA 19134.

$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. NKCDC advisors are available to help eligible residents take advantage of this new program. Our services are free. 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.

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. ¡Tambien hay clases en español! See available dates and locations here.


Fishtown First Fridays

Fishtown First Fridays at the NKCDC Garden

Fishtown Neighbors Association, Evil Genius Beer Company and NKCDC are celebrating Fishtown neighbors every first Friday this summer at the NKCDC Garden, 1825 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia.
At each event, we'll feature a different local DJ. Admission is free, and Evil Genius will be on site selling beers on draft for our guests over 21. We'll also have a food truck vendor set up outside the Garden. Visit Facebook for more information.

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 host Philly's first Hip Hop Architecture Camp

NKCDC is thrilled to host Philadelphia's first Hip Hop Architecture Camp®—a one-week intensive experience designed to introduce under-represented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative placemaking and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. 

Participants will learn the practice of architecture by exploring the intersection of hip hop and the built environment through three interconnected realms; media, professional practice, and academia. Hip Hop Architecture is a manifestation of the fifth element of hip hop, Knowledge of Self.

The camp is based on four Cs: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. During the camp, students are paired with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to create unique visions for their communities which include the creation of physical models, digital models and the creation of a Hip Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs. 

The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a free 5-day camp for youth ages 13-17. The camp runs June 17-21, 9 AM - 1 PM at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, 2463 Emerald Street, Philadelphia. To learn more, visit

NKCDC has been working diligently to engage youth and young adults around crime, safety, the environment, and most importantly their input/perspective of the community they live in. This program has been made possible in Philadelphia by the Claneil Foundation and NeighborWorks America. Questions about the Hip Hop Architecture Camp should be directed to Rodney Mobley, or 215-427-0350 x125.

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