New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) strengthens the physical, social and economic fabric of Philadelphia, by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building. We believe in a multi-faceted approach to neighborhood revitalization, working with housing services, economic development, real estate development, vacant land management, community engagement and neighborhood planning.
NKCDC is administering a three-year grant through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction program. Our lead program partners are fellow Kensington service providers IMPACT Services and HACE. We propose a three-year collaboration that unites law enforcement, human services, community development, and community volunteers around shared values and common priorities. Our proposed strategies pull from national best practices and decades of our own experience serving the Kensington community that demonstrate how neighborhood crime can be reduced through a comprehensive approach that increases collaborative problem-solving, improves social cohesion and community trust, reduces physical disorder and provides new opportunities for youth and adults alike.
As part of the grant, NKCDC is hiring a full-time staff person to coordinate and shepherd this grant for its duration. The Community Engagement Project Manager will lead collaborative efforts to improve safety and quality of life in the Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods, acting as a liaison between residents, community-based organizations, community anchors, and police. The overarching goal for the position is to integrate the resources of people and institutions which influence crime and perceptions in the neighborhood to uncover more strategic and effective remedies for safety problems. Responsibilities include organizing multiple phases of community input, performing required outreach, convening and facilitating all needed community and stakeholder meetings, and coordinating with our academic research partner in the Rutgers University Center for Urban Research and Education.