Worcester Common Ground strives to provide People with affordable housing options.
Worcester Common Ground works to rebuild  Neighborhoods and improve the places we live.
Worcester Common Ground works to involve the Community in the planning of projects and programs.
Worcester Common Ground provides Affordable Housing and First Time Buyer Home Programs.
Worcester Common Ground projects are friendly to the Environment and incorporate Green Technologies when possible.

wcg logoWorcester Common Ground, Inc. (WCG), a Community Development Corporation (CDC) was founded in 1988 in response to concern about absentee ownership of land and property, the high cost of housing, the displacement of families from their homes into shelters, and the fading dream of home ownership and economic opportunity for those living in the most underserved neighborhood of Central Worcester, Massachusetts.

Our member-based organization is composed of land trust residents, concerned citizens, housing advocates, and community leaders. We are an open membership, not-for-profit organization run by an elected board of land trust members.

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WCG preserves neighborhoods

WCG preserves neighborhoods

while providing access to affordable housing.

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Worcester Common Ground helps to preserve and rebuild neighborhoods while providing access to affordable housing and rental units..

WCG can help first time home buyers!

WCG can help first time home buyers!

...with affordable housing!

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Worcester Common Ground projects and programs help families become first time home buyers.

WCG helps families find affordable housing.

WCG helps families find affordable housing.

Bringing new life to our neighborhoods.

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Worcester Common Ground helps families achieve first time home ownership with affordable housing. 

 Neighborhood Playgrounds

Neighborhood Playgrounds

WCG has developed neighborhood playgrounds and gardens.

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Worcester Common Ground has acquired land trusts and developed neighborhood playgrounds and gardens.

Rehabilitate and Preserve

Rehabilitate and Preserve

Historic properties are restored and converted to affordable housing unts.

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Historic properties are restored and converted to affordable housing unts.

Neighborhood Gardens

Neighborhood Gardens

Bringing new life to old neighborhoods.

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This garden, a city-owned lot at Valley and Castle Streets in the midst of the Castle Street…

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Urban Revival BlaQ Ink’D is a new program presented by 4 Elements and Worcester Common Ground (WCG) that aims to capture the soul of our city’s young adolescents through creativity and self-expression using urban art.  We strive to uplift the community in which they will develop the tools to build pride, value, and respect – together, we will sketch the message of love, peace, and unity. We envision a world of bold and unique color.

The concept? Our youth artists are envisioning themselves as superheroes in the neighborhood creating positive messages and embracing individuality.  Known as “Project Comic Style,” each artist has developed their character with a superpower, and will create different scenes throughout the city. 

We have two current projects: We recently installed miniature plywood murals on the boarded up windows of 21 Jaques Ave, Worcester Common Ground’s next housing redevelopment project.  These murals bring a little beauty into the Piedmont neighborhood and act as a promise to our neighbors that we are committed to further beautification efforts.  Our second project is to create a new full-sized mural at our 133 Chandler St property – COMING SOON in May 2016.  

In June, Worcester Common Ground (WCG) was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.

WCG created an innovative placemaking initiative called Piedmont Plays: A Campaign to Love Your Neighborhood.  The project was selected as a finalist out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide. Winners will be announced in early fall, 2016. 

“Piedmont Pride represents the perception changer of our urban neighborhood.  It is the community working together through, art, events, porch chats and pot luck dinners.  It is about residents creating greater strength in numbers to combat safety issues, drugs, crime and blight.  WCG is merely the background; our neighborhood is the upfront force to create the change” said Yvette Dyson, Executive Director of Worcester Common Ground.

To learn more about WCG’s ideas for making play happen everywhere in the Piedmont neighborhood of Worcester, MA contact Charise Canales at 508-754-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To learn more about the Play Everywhere Challenge, including a gallery of ideas for what Play Everywhere could look like across the U.S. please visit http://kaboom.org/playeverywhere.  

Exciting news! Worcester Common Ground is launching a new healthy food program through Dismas House Farm.  From June through October, our WCG families will receive boxes of free fresh produce, along with delicious recipes to try!

Stay tuned for more updates about future healthy living programming for our WCG tenants and homeowners! 

Worcester Common Ground is a non-profit Community Development Corporation that promotes and develops permanent and sustainable improvement in the neighborhoods of Central Worcester through affordable housing, community activism and economic development.

WCG History

"The earth is common ground and...the idea is taking form that the land must be held for safekeeping, that one generation is…responsible for the next…"

--E.B. White.

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Success Stories

"Without Worcester Common Ground...we would never have been able to afford a home, never mind having a house with a handicapped-accessible apartment that allows José's grandmother to remain at home." -- Beverly Grandmaison, CLT Homeowner

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The Staff at WCG

Our staff is highly qualified in each of their specialties and frequently collaborates to facilitate events and workshops or to get out a grant or project application on deadline. The stability of the organization is reflected in the length of service of each employee; this institutional continuity has kept us strong despite the many financial challenges currently facing CDCs.

 

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