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Our Work- September 2019

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.

Kensington Resident Receives National Leadership Award

Congratulations Gloria Cartagena, Kensington community builder and Somerset Neighbors for Better Living President, on receiving the 2018 Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award. Gloria was nominated by NKCDC for her work organizing and amplifying the voices of her neighbors in the face of the surging opioid crisis and increased homelessness in Kensington. Gloria is one of six residents from around the country that will be recognized by NeighborWorks America in Houston, Texas this October.

Read about Gloria and other summer updates in our quarterly newsletter, Inside NKCDC. Download pdf.

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