New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is a community development corporation committed to sustainable development in housing opportunities, economic development, vacant land strategies, community engagement, and real estate development. NKCDC advances social equity and economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live and actively shape their neighborhoods of choice. To that end, NKCDC provides free housing counseling to anyone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and offers many additional resources to residents and businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods.
The NKCDC VISTA will learn about the number of parcels that are owned by real estate speculators in our area, and the number of planned market rate housing units. You will explore various models for communities to establish control over real estate and mechanisms for ensuring some properties remain permanently affordable for lower-income individuals and families.
You will work with civic organizations and neighborhood residents to share what you have learned and gradually determine a combination of tools that will be most effective for our circumstances and community. Finally, you will establish a plan for implementation. You will also help raise funds for property acquisition and for program expenses, and assist with communications to neighborhood residents, funders, and other stakeholders. Our VISTA must enjoy working with diverse people, be passionate about preventing displacement and community control over real estate, and have a talent for facilitating spirited discussions.