Our organization formed originally to appeal the City’s plan to demolish the African-American neighborhood of Manchester and all of the North Side neighborhoods through four decades. We have worked with many neighborhoods throughout the city and county and developed programs with the residents that are tailored to each community’s needs, using the historic houses and retail and commercial buildings as a resource for renewal.
Among our programs are the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative in which we work with residents to create a data base of information on all of the buildings; our Preservation Loan Fund which provides below market rate short-term financing to 501(c)(3) organizations engaged in neighborhood revitalization; Our small grants for special for architectural and feasible studies; technical assistance in financing and construction management. We also assist in having areas listed on the National Register and designated by local municipal historic ordinances.
We also will undertake acquisition of real estate to lead and anchor revitalization efforts, create affordable housing, establish model buildings and Green buildings.