Development Projects

Xiente’s Development projects are dedicated to transforming the physical landscape of the greater Norris Square community, empowering and enriching the lives of its residents. Through a range of initiatives, we strive to create affordable housing, revitalize abandoned commercial properties, and reclaim abandoned lots, all with the goal of fostering a thriving and vibrant community.

In the Works

Mi Casa Project

The Mi Casa Project is an innovative pilot program designed to support families in achieving economic mobility and building wealth. Our two-generation approach addresses poverty by providing comprehensive support to both parents and children, ensuring a brighter future for all.

Inspired by the unique charm of Philly rowhomes (balcons y bloques de brisa) and the traditional patterns of vernacular Puerto Rican architecture, the Mi Casa designs create a warm and welcoming environment. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed funders, including PHARE, Samuel Fels Fund, The Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and Chicanos Por La Causa, for making this initiative possible.

The Mi Casa program selects 6-8 families three months prior to the completion of construction. To qualify, families must meet NSCA criteria, including completing an intake process with an economic mobility counselor, be caregivers with children or youth (following a two-generation approach), and meeting economic needs at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (with priority given to those at or below 30%).

Families will partake in Xiente’s economic mobility programs, which encompass Housing Counseling, Education, Workforce Development, and Finance.

Indicators of Success:

Our program’s success is measured through the achievement of various key milestones:

  1. Housing Security:
    • Increase in homeownership opportunities
    • Enhance ability to independently secure a rental unit
  1. Career Advancement:
    • Support exploration of entrepreneurship opportunities
    • Assist in career development and advancement
  2. Children and Youth Academic Achievement:
    • Foster academic success and growth among children and youth

 Program Duration and Renewal:

Mi Casa Groundbreaking

The initial housing contract is set for 12 months and can be renewed based on the client’s engagement with the economic mobility plan. Lease renewal is possible annually for up to 5 years, provided the client meets the goals outlined in the economic mobility plan. The extension of client participation is contingent upon progress in the economic mobility journey.

Clients are expected to comply with the regular lease agreement, which includes responsible property care and adherence to the rent schedule.

Join us at the Mi Casa Project as we work together to empower families, break the cycle of poverty, and create pathways to lasting economic mobility. Our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive support and guidance, ensuring a brighter future for you and your loved ones.

Past Development Projects

Notable past Development projects that showcase our commitment to community enhancement:

  • St. Boniface Townhomes: In 2013, NSCA constructed the St. Boniface Townhomes, a collection of seven affordable single-family housing units situated on the site of the former St. Boniface Church.
  • Las Terrazas Homes: Also completed in 2013, Las Terrazas comprises ten new affordable single-family homes built on vacant lots along Susquehanna Avenue, providing much-needed housing options.
  • The Children’s Center (Rehabilitation and Expansion): Originally a warehouse, The Children’s Center underwent a transformation in 2001 to become an early childhood education center on Mascher Street. This rehabilitation and expansion project now houses classrooms and offices to support NSCA’s Head Start program.
  • Hunter Homes: In 2009, NSCA spearheaded the Hunter Homes project, a remarkable $12 million endeavor that resulted in a 48-unit single-family mixed-income affordable housing development. These homes, featuring 3-4 bedrooms and ADA-compliant units, were built after the demolition and redevelopment of 48 structures across 212 lots.
  • La Torre Homes: NSCA’s commitment to revitalization led to the creation of La Torre in 2003. This project involved developing abandoned and vacant lots on Howard and Norris Streets, resulting in ten single-family homes that were sold at an affordable price of $52,000.
  • Los Balcones: Completed in 2004, Los Balcones is a rental development consisting of 21 affordable townhomes located on Norris Street, providing quality housing options for the community.
  • Casa Carmen Aponte Senior Houses: In collaboration with Catholic Social Services, NSCA developed the Casa Carmen Aponte Senior Homes in 2000. This 35-unit affordable senior living facility, situated on Howard Street, offers a comfortable and supportive environment for older adults.

These projects exemplify Xiente’s unwavering dedication to community development and the creation of sustainable, affordable housing options.

To dive deeper into Xiente’s impactful Development efforts, reach out to Xiente’s VP of Real Estate and Finance

Join us in our mission to build a stronger and more vibrant Norris Square community.