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Two Wilmington Non-Profits Launch New Business

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Wilmington, DE November 14, 2016. InterNeighborhood Foundation of Wilmington (INF) and Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (CB CDC) created the Community Restoration Collaborative (CRC) which is the first of its kind in Delaware. These two Wilmington-based nonprofits created this progressive business to provide employment and high quality, affordable housing opportunities first to residents of the Eastside community.

“INF is extremely excited regarding the possibilities of this initiative”, says Timothy Crawl-Bey, Executive Director of INF. “As an organization, we have never believed that addressing housing, in and of itself, was or is a cure all for revitalizing our communities. In addition, success is rarely achieved without the benefit of excellent partners, and we have one in Central Baptist CDC. Our combined effort takes a more comprehensive approach to community development and has the potential for a much broader, longer-term impact. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead”.

Rev. Dr. Terrence S. Keeling, President/CEO of Central Baptist Community Development Corporation is enthusiastic about the expected outcomes of this formal business partnership.  “This joint venture is an example of everything the Eastside Rising Plan was intended to do. Through the establishment of the Community Restoration Collaborative Central Baptist CDC and INF will be able to address housing stabilization from the strengths of each organization, INF housing development and Central Baptist CDC workforce development.  In doing so we will be taking an approach to Eastside community development that focuses on people as well as the brick and mortar.  As a man of faith I believe that this is a match made in heaven that will bring change according to the will of God for our Eastside Community. This venture will provide more evidence that the Eastside is Rising.”

INF has a proven track record of implementing and managing affordable housing and community development initiatives in the Eastside, and in other areas of the City throughout its 30 year history. The CB CDC has a successful track record in offering a comprehensive, high quality workforce development training program that directly leads graduates to jobs through their employment placement agency, Eastside Employment Services.

These two Community-Based Development Organizations have combined two strategic areas of their Non-Profits to expand the outcomes of housing development and job creation for underemployed and unemployed residents of the Eastside and other areas of the City through this unique, social enterprise business venture, the Community Restoration Collaborative.

Further details will be provided at the joint Press Conference on Thursday November 17th 10:00am at Central Baptist Church 839 N. Pine St. Wilmington, DE 19801.

Contacts:
Timothy Crawl-Bey
InterNeighborhood Foundation
110 W. 10th St. Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 429-0333 | info@infwilmington.org

Central Baptist Community Development Corporation
839 N. Pine St. Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 656-6234

 

Eastside Rising featured on WHYY First on Nov. 13th, 2015

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WHYY has been following Wilmington’s Eastside Rising Project from the beginning. Two years ago, ten organizations pledged to work together to improve the Eastside by rebuilding and updating abandoned, boarded up homes. Last month, state, city, and community leaders broke ground in the 800 block of Bennett Street on the first in a multi-phase project. Reverend Terrence Keeling is leading the charge, and in this week’s First Look he says Eastside Rising is about more than restoring homes, it’s about restoring hope. –

Wilmington Housing Partnership Kicks Off the East Side Rising Housing Initiative with a Bennett Street Groundbreaking

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wilmington Housing Partnership Kicks Off the East Side Rising
Housing Initiative with a Bennett Street Groundbreaking

Governor Markell, Mayor Williams, Council President Gregory, Council
Member Shabazz Congratulate WHP on Another Neighborhood
Achievement

The Wilmington Housing Partnership (WHP) today opened the East Side Rising home
ownership initiative with a groundbreaking ceremony for seven new homes to be built
in the 800 block of Bennett Street. Each home features three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths,
and rear garages. The project follows the WHP strategy of acquiring and demolishing
undersized homes and combining adjacent parcels so larger, more functional, modern
homes can be constructed, thus reducing neighborhood density.

Governor Jack Markell, Mayor Dennis Williams, Council President Theo Gregory and
District Council Member Hanifa Shabazz joined WHP Board and staff members for
today’s ceremony. The officials congratulated WHP and community representatives on
another neighborhood achievement which also celebrates 25 years of WHP efforts to
set new standards for housing while stabilizing City neighborhoods.

To confront numerous housing, economic development and crime challenges affecting
Wilmington’s East Side, the WHP, City of Wilmington, Central Baptist Community
Development Corporation (CBCDC) and JP Morgan Chase compiled a five to ten year
comprehensive East Side Neighborhood Investment Plan in 2013. The plan was
bolstered that same year when the community entities listed below joined the East
Side Rising initiative lead by the CBCDC:

EAST SIDE BLUEPRINT COMMUNITY DELAWARE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACTION
COUNCIL
INTER-NEIGHBORHOOD FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE FOR COMMUNITY RESEARCH
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEW CASTLE COUNTY STEPPING STONES COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT
UNION

WHP Executive Director Steve Martin and Board Chair Rob Buccini said the WHP has
over 150 housing unit in its East Side inventory and is committed to acquiring other
vacant and abandoned properties that are damaging neighborhoods. They pointed to
the WHP funders as the chief reason why the agency is able to follow its mission to
increase the City’s affordable housing stock by promoting renovation and
rehabilitation of properties in select areas.

Financial Assistance for WHP projects has been provided by JP Morgan Chase, Bank of
America, Capital One, the City of Wilmington, Comenity Bank Delaware State Housing
Authority M&T Bank PNC Foundation and the Rockford Woodlawn Fund.

Construction of the new Bennett Street homes will begin immediately and should be
completed by July of 2016. The sale price of the homes is $139,900. For information
about purchasing a property, please call WHP Executive Director Steve Martin at
302.576.3004.

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MOU with Delaware skills center

Central Baptist Community Development Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Delaware Skills Center

Central Baptist Community Development Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Delaware Skills Center

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Central Baptist Community Development Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Delaware Skills Center which allows the centers students to work on refurbishing computers which will be used as part of the CDC’s Workforce Development Center. As part of the agreement community residents will be able to enter the job readiness process and have access to free job skills training provided by the Skills Center.

The City of Wilmington Announces Partnership with Eastside Rising Initiative

From The City of Wilmington, Delaware:

Today, the City of Wilmington announces its partnership with the Eastside Rising Initiative. The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation has committed to providing scholarship opportunities for residents in the City of Wilmington to receive training and skill development with Local Union 55. The scholarship will provide 50% of the membership fee required to become a member of the Local and take advantage of training and placement opportunities made possible through the Initiative’s Construction Skilled Labor Workforce Development Plan. Local Union 55 is the sole provider of training services for Eastside Rising Initiative.

Eastside Rising’s stated mission is to revitalize the Eastside of Wilmington. The Eastside Blueprint Community partnered with the Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (CDC) to form the Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition such that various local organizations can plan together and work together to construct, remodel and refurbish 125 homes in the Eastside of Wilmington. The Eastside Community Redevelopers Coalition includes: the Wilmington Housing Partnership, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Inter-Neighborhood Foundation, Woodlawn Trustees, Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC), Center for Community Research and Service, University of Delaware and American Baptist Churches.

See the full article here:  http://www.wilmingtonde.gov/news/news.php?newsID=1308

Wilmington City Council Member Shabazz Celebrates with the Community as a New Eastside Collaborative is Created

From The City of Wilmington, Delaware:

Ten organizations came together on Pine Street in Eastside Wilmington today to sign an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating an Eastside Collaborative to restore prosperity to an area of the community bounded by 4th Street to 11th Street and Church Street to Walnut Street.

Wilmington City Council Member Hanifa Shabazz called the occasion “historic” saying she was extremely pleased to witness such an abundance of cooperation, creativity and excitement among citizens about what is ahead for this area.

Today’s event, held at Central Baptist Church on Pine Street, marks the beginning of the implementation of the Eastside Blueprint Strategic Plan for community revitalization and housing stabilization. The plan was developed over the past four years with the help of the University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research and Service and included input from scores of citizens and community agencies.

See the full article here:  http://www.ci.wilmington.de.us/news/news.php?newsID=1170

City commits to Wilmington’s Eastside revitalization effort

From  WDDE 91.1 FM – Delaware’s NPR News station:

Wilmington and the Eastside Rising Initiative are teaming up to give community residents an opportunity to work on upcoming development projects on the city’s east side.

Residential and light construction union Local 55 will provide training services for the Initiative’s Construction Skilled Labor Workforce Development Plan

See the full article here:  http://www.wdde.org/57005-wilmington-commits-eastside-revitalization-effort

Video: Urban renewal coming to Wilmington’s Eastside

From WDEL.com:

Joanne Gaitwood’s roots are on the 500 block of East 9th Street, where her family has lived in a historic home for nearly 60 years. “We live block by block. I live on 9th Street, that’s a fine block, but Pine Street, we have a whole different element, Kirkwood Street, so we’re not a community even though we all live on the Eastside,” says Gaitwood.

But 10 organizations have gotten together in an effort to change that. They’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), creating an Eastside Collaborative that will bring new housing and new jobs to the neighborhood.

See the full article here:  http://www.wdel.com/story/bit.ly/story.php?id=54925