The mission, duty and purpose of the Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) is to help the Kensington community reclaim control over a once thriving commercial corridor by reactivating real estate, fostering local entrepreneurship and reinvesting capital in the neighborhood. Activities will focus on restoring cleanliness and safety, attracting and accelerating businesses to provide goods and services that meet local needs, and increasing job opportunities. The Trust’s programming is underpinned by strategic property acquisition, development, and activation. The KCT’s vision is that Kensington Avenue is a safe, healthy, and socioeconomically diverse commercial corridor with accessible opportunities for the existing and future residents of Kensington.
The KCT seeks to foster the equitable economic revitalization of a commercial corridor and its surrounding neighborhood through local partnerships, strategic programming, and innovative approach to moving real estate assets out of the speculative private market. Leveraging patient, flexible capital and a long-term trust vehicle, the KCT de-commodifies real estate assets and transitions them to neighborhood control. This pioneering model of neighborhood ownership, governance and local economic development has the potential to keep control within the neighborhood and ensure long-term affordability. The KCT introduces neighborhood-based property control for long-term, equitable revitalization of a key commercial corridor.
The KCT is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing Community Organizer to join our small, yet effective team. The Community Organizer will conduct outreach, base building, training, education and leadership development among residents and small business owners in Kensington. The organizer will be responsible for membership involvement in city, state, and federal campaigns and coalitions working on issues related to our mission and equitable neighborhood development. Beyond connecting with the communities of Kensington, the organizer’s job is to gather stories from impacted communities and work with them to build a vision for the Kensington Avenue corridor. To this end, the work will involve organizing community information sessions and facilitating access to resources and programs that would benefit the neighborhood. As part of the job, the community organizer will develop outreach and education materials, plan events, and identify impacted community members to share their own stories in ways that will enhance advocacy and policy.
We meet people where they are. That means meeting residents and small business owners on their time at their doorstep, at community meetings, public spaces, and while canvassing on Kensington Avenue. Community Organizers are neighborhood mobilizers who conduct outreach and organize residents and small business owners year-round, listening to and addressing their individual concerns. Organizers develop neighborhood centric initiatives, prioritizing the needs of those who live and have businesses in Kensington.