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Our Work- April 2019

Kensington and Fairhill collaborative wins U.S. Department of Justice crime reduction funding

A collaborative of Kensington and Fairhill service providers, including New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), HACE, and IMPACT Services Corporation, has been awarded $1,000,000 total over three years through the Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program, part of  the Office of Justice Programs of the United States Department of Justice.

"In Philadelphia we know that complicated problems require collaborative solutions," said Felix Torres-Colon, Executive Director of NKCDC. "For years, HACE, IMPACT and NKCDC have worked to support our Kensington and Fairhill neighbors and help bring their vision for improving their communities to life. With everything neighbors are enduring today, the last thing we want to do is duplicate efforts. The Department of Justice understands the connection between crime, social cohesion and the physical environment, and we are honored to receive this grant, which will advance our community development work together."

The Kensington and Fairhill Collaborative proposed a holistic, three-year project to reduce violent crime by implementing strategies to enhance social cohesion and collective efficacy in areas of the neighborhood facing the biggest challenges. This project was made possible with the support of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Managing Director's Office, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, the 24th and 25th Police Districts, Temple University, and Rutgers University. Read more.

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.

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