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.  

This past fall, a group of leaders started meeting to counter neighborhood violence and negative activity and to strengthen our neighborhood for our young people and families by creating more opportunities for recreation.  The Hawley Street Task Force recently completed ran a winter basketball league at Trinity Lutheran Church that engaged boys and girls in grades 4-6. Thank you to all our players, parents, coaches, and volunteers for helping our initiative so successful!

This league serves as a launching point to build stronger relationships with our youth, their families, and our neighborhood organizations and institutions.  We are so happy to be one of the organizing members of the Task Force, and look forward to planning summer activities with our young people in our Piedmont neighborhood.  

Back by popular demand, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Multicultural Cooking Competition at the REC Plant Sale -- the competition will run Saturday, May 21st from 12-1pm, 63 Oread Street. We will have up to 12 contestants who will prepare a delicious dish that highlights their culture - it's up to YOU to decide who is the best chef at WCG! Make sure to stop by our booth and come with an empty stomach.

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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