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Our Work- January 2019

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 wins Kresge Foundation health funding

The Kresge Foundation has awarded New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) a two-year, $150,000 grant in support of its trauma-informed community development work in Kensington.

NKCDC is one of 13 grantees in a new Kresge Health Program initiative called Advancing Health Equity through Housing, which aims to address the harmful physical and mental health impacts of housing instability. The grant will enable NKCDC to integrate a trauma-informed approach into its core services of housing counseling, community engagement, and economic development.

"We're tremendously grateful that the Kresge Foundation recognizes the connection between housing and health, and honored to be among the first recipients of this award," said NKCDC's Executive Director, Felix Torres-Colon. "Understanding traumatic stress, resilience and healing already has transformed the way NKCDC works in Kensington, and these new tools are giving our community a new way to see itself."

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation focused on expanding opportunities in U.S. cities. "Kresge has learned important lessons about the intersection of health and stable, equitable housing," Kresge's Senior Fellow Fred Karnas said. "We are investing in those organizations that are spurring positive change in cities and neighborhoods across the country." Read the full release here.

New Kensington Community Development Corporation
2515 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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