At NKCDC, we believe that community development can and should benefit all residents.
New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) provides free housing counseling—like help buying a home, or help paying rent, mortgage, or utilities—to anyone in Philadelphia. We offer many additional resources to residents and businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods, like:
- Developing affordable housing
- Connecting residents to resources for housing, food, health, safety, employment and other community needs
- Advancing neighborhood leaders and supporting neighborhood organizations
- Supporting small businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs
- Maintaining vacant lots and commercial corridors
Our Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce development program also improves health outcomes in Kensington. Our food and nutrition program, Nourish, delivers meal kits in Kensington, Fairhill and Juniata. And We CAN, a partnership funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, has brought community organizations and police together to address issues of community safety across Kensington and Fairhill.
We use a strategic combination of real estate development, community engagement, and people-centered direct services to ensure all of our neighbors can remain—and thrive—where they choose to live.
Whether we are building affordable housing or helping residents build their wealth, we pledge to promote equity, stability, and safety in all we do, with a sharp focus on those most at risk of being displaced.
NKCDC is a NeighborWorks member organization. NeighborWorks America is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1978. NeighborWorks builds the skills, supplements the funding and amplifies the reach of organizations like NKCDC so we can leverage additional resources to achieve our mission.
Our intersecting values
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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.
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.
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.
NKCDC advances social equity & economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live in, and actively shape, their neighborhoods of choice.
We believe neighborhood development can and should benefit all our neighbors.
That was the vision that grabbed NKCDC’s Board of Directors in 2019, and it is the vision we carry into our next years of work under a new strategic plan.