Because it takes more than housing to build and sustain strong neighborhoods.
To be truly successful, residents must be actively involved in the strengthening of their neighborhood. Since its foundation in 1990, PCF Development has sponsored and been dedicated to several community planning initiatives rooted in resident engagement. Each initiative has been based in the understanding that by listening to neighborhood residents, acting on their concerns and connecting the community to local resources - positive change can and will happen.
Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone (Est 2015)
Through a partnership with Rhode Island LISC and the Department of Health, PCF Development serves as a sub-grantee of the Pawtucekt Central Falls HEZ initiative. This program seeks to improve the health related outcomes in our communities by improving access to quality health services, affordable and healthy food, active transportation networks and other essential components needed for residents to acheive a high quality of life. Year One of the HEZ Initiative was focused on resident engagement and a community listening tour. In year two (beginning in 2016), HEZ will transition into implementation of health related projects. Please contact our office if you would like to be part of this innovative process! Click here for the PCF HEZ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PawtucketCentralFallsHEZ/
In 2008 PCDC was chosen by Rhode Island Housing as the community partner for the Pawtucket Central Falls KeepSpace initiative. To ensure that KeepSpace was a resident led initiative, PCDC completed an outreach campaign to over 100 residents and stakeholders. After extensive community engagement, KeepSpace funded implementation projects that included: the Pawtucket/Central Falls After School Coalition, Blackstone Valley Bikeway ‘sharrow’ installation*, Blackstone Valley Gateways I affordable housing development, the printing and distribution of 5,000 afterschool program booklets, mapping of crime and distressed properties and the creation of local community gardens. We look forward to continuing our implementation of KeepSpace in the years to come.
*The Sharrow project was a collaborative endeavor with the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Pawtucket Department of Planning and Redevelopment, and the John H Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
Pawtucket/Central Falls After School Coalition (Est 2010)
The Pawtucket/Central Falls After School Coalition was a true outcome of the KeepSpace Initiative. Stemming from an idea in a community survey and later getting a jump start as a KeepSpace sub-committee, the Coalition now includes representatives from more than 30 afterschool program providers in Pawtucket and Central Falls all with a goal of connecting local youth to available programs.
BSNRP (2001 – 2009)
PCDC was one of the original sponsors of the Barton Street Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (BSNRP) which was funded by Rhode Island Housing in 2001. This five year plan identified action steps to improve Public Safety, Recreation, Housing, and Economic Development in the Barton Street neighborhood. PCDC became the lead organization for the revitalization plan and successfully raised over a million dollars to implement the action steps. By 2009 the vast majority of the action steps in the BSNRP were complete.