The DC Department of Housing and Community Department (DHCD) partnered with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition to take a comprehensive community-led approach to planning for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant investment in affordable housing. NCRC’s Neighborhood Planning and Investment Services (NPIS) utilizes a comprehensive and sustainable economic development model that builds on community assets, links housing investments to job creation and business development, and includes intensive community engagement to ensure redevelopment is shaped by existing residents. NCRC is working to compile a set of recommendations to DHCD that will be summarized through reports, interactive maps and photo reimaging that highlight opportunities to invest immediate housing funds from the NSP2 grant, and how to leverage this investment through future funding to make more comprehensive change. Beyond expanding access to decent and affordable housing, NCRC is looking at opportunities for business development, job creation and community greening.
The project goal is to recommend interventions that will:
- Contribute to neighborhood stabilization in accordance with the community’s input and vision for the future,
- Ensure that community assets are leveraged; and
- Ensure community residents benefit from DHCD investments.
NCRC was formed in 1990 by national, regional, and local organizations to develop and harness the collective energies of community reinvestment organizations from across the country so as to increase the flow of private capital into traditionally underserved communities. NCRC has grown to an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America’s working families. NCRC pursues its work through a variety of partnerships and programs.