We believe community strengths can solve community challenges

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At NKCDC, we’re powered by the community we serve

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NKCDC and our partners are turning vacant properties into community assets

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Effective solutions come from those most affected by the outcome

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NKCDC builds networks to bring healing to clients, community members, and staff

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We’re building a comprehensive plan to address the social determinants of health in Kensington

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Equity means we focus on the areas of greatest need and opportunity

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We’re offering free technical assistance to small businesses in Kensington

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Good public health requires access to affordable, healthy food

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What is NKCDC?

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) gives free housing services—like help buying a home, or help paying rent, mortgage, or utilities—to anyone in Philadelphia.

We offer many additional resources to residents and small businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods. Connect with a Community Health Worker or support our healthy food and nutrition education program, Nourish!

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In a series of short videos from NKCDC, Dr. Bill McKinney and other Kensington residents give a snapshot of what’s happening in Kensington, how we got here, and how to chart a path forward.

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

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Our Intersecting Values

Community Driven

NKCDC believes community development can and should benefit all residents. We draw our inspiration and goals—and our staff and board—from the communities we serve.

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Trauma Informed

The stress of poverty, violence, racism, disinvestment, and the opioid epidemic traumatizes individuals and neighborhoods. NKCDC calls on community strengths to face our shared problems. We build networks to bring healing to clients, community members, and staff.

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Equity Focused

At NKCDC, racial equity is not a fashion statement—it is a deeply held value and a tool to create lasting change. Equity means we focus on the areas of greatest need and opportunity. Equity means the people impacted by our work lead it.

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Our Impact

Recent News

Sep 13, 2022

A fond farewell to Bea Rider

Dear partners and friends, As joy often comes with sadness, we are overjoyed that NKCDC’s…

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Sep 2, 2022

7 free September events

In September, NKCDC and our partners are offering multiple opportunities for free legal, financial and health advice, from writing your will to clearing a criminal record to beefing up bookkeeping at your small business.

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Upcoming Events

Sep 29, 2022 – 12pm

NKCDC Diabetes Prevention

Oct 6, 2022 – 12pm

NKCDC Diabetes Prevention

Oct 13, 2022 – 12pm

NKCDC Diabetes Prevention

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First-time homebuyers assistance is phenomenal!!! They were very kind and professional!

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Make a tax-deductible gift to help NKCDC promote economic development, bring new life to vacant property, create homeownership opportunities for working families, and provide housing counseling and energy assistance to area residents.

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