Join a movement for community-led development in Kensington

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The Kensington community will receive $7.5 million from the National Opioid Settlement

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NKCDC and our partners are turning vacant properties into community assets

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

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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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Effective solutions come from those most affected by the outcome

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

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Good public health requires access to affordable, healthy food

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Who is NKCDC?

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is a different kind of nonprofit. We are community-driven, trauma-informed, and equity-focused.

We provide a wide range of services—real estate development, housing counseling, small business assistance, corridor cleaning, workforce development, nutrition education, community health resources—to residents and businesses across the Kensington, Port Richmond, and Fishtown neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

We offer housing services city-wide.

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NKCDC’s executive director, Dr. Bill McKinney, gives a snapshot of what’s happening in Kensington and how we are charting a path forward. For in-depth perspective and analysis from Kensington residents, watch our series of short videos here.

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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Recent News

Jun 29, 2023

An update on the former Greensgrow Farms

Plans are in the works to develop the former Greensgrow Farms in Olde Richmond into an Urban Agricultural Educational Hub that will bring community members together, encourage care for the neighborhood, improve access to healthy food and nutrition, and be a catalyst for even more parks, gardens and community spaces across the Kensington area and Philadelphia. 

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Jun 22, 2023

Help plan how city funds will be spent on your local park

Six Kensington parks have been chosen to receive Opioid Settlement funding. “Friends of the park” groups are inviting neighbors to attend public meetings to help plan how the money is spent. This process is the first example of community-driven planning that will soon include “pockets” of people across Kensington.

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Upcoming Events

Oct 4, 2023 – 10am

Free Legal Help

Nov 8, 2023 – 10am

Free Legal Help

Dec 6, 2023 – 10am

Free Legal Help

Oct 3, 2023 – 10am

Record Clearing Clinic

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I want to express my greatest gratitude for all the help and support NKCDC provided me during my difficult time. Without their help I would not be able to save my house. They’re very professional and caring, and I really appreciate all they did for me.

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