Community Development in Six Points: Who’s Who?
Meet the team of community leaders and partners working with CPDC to revitalize and encourage economic development in Richmond’s Six Points community.
In addition to bringing new affordable housing to the area, CPDC is working to help revitalize the Six Points community and its commercial corridor. Our development team has been working with these local political and housing leaders as a community development partner.
Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority (RRHA), through their securing of a Rental Assistance Demonstration deal and selection of CPDC to redevelop Frederic A. Fay Towers, was a starting point and catalyst for our redevelopment efforts in Six Points. RRHA continues to play a major role in the Six Points revitalization. More than half of the 200 new apartments will be located on RRHA-owned sites and RRHA resident services staff are assisting with resident relocation and transition.
Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson Richmond City Council Gateway 6th Voter District representative, former Community and Housing Developer and current Highland Park resident, Councilwoman Robertson has been leading the community development effort. CPDC has been involved in Robertson’s Six Points meetings and is listening to local stakeholders’ vision for community-building and future development and responding with solutions.
City of Richmond Economic and Community Development is dedicated to building the Richmond economy through both traditional economic development and neighborhood revitalization programs; they are a funder of community development initiatives in Highland Park.
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities in Virginia; they are a funder of community development initiatives in Highland Park.
Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has been involved in meetings with CPDC, neighborhood leaders and Councilwoman Robertson as we develop a strategy to revitalize properties adjacent to the commercial corridor. For more than twenty years, LISC has supported and financed nonprofits working in Highland Park and recently has been working with North Highland Park and Six Points Commercial Corridor leaders to strengthen and implement plans that grew from a Quality of Life Planning Process.
Storefront for Community Design has worked in Highland Park since 2013 to improve quality of life in the neighborhood. In addition to convening the Highland Park Quality of Life Team which plans for and implements neighborhood improvements, Storefront restored the facades of three buildings in the area and facilitated community clean up days, removing hundreds of bags of trash from the streets.
Boaz & Ruth’s mission is to rebuild lives and communities through relationships, training, transitional jobs and economic revitalization. A key foundation of their mission is collaborative partnerships with neighbors in Highland Park, the criminal justice system, nonprofits and government agencies and faith-based and academic communities. For 10 years Boaz & Ruth has provided job training, ‘social enterprises’ and other resources to attract commercial development to Highland Park.
Northside Outreach Center (NOC) is working to transform Highland Park through partnerships with schools, local ministries, non-profits and the Richmond Police Department that address education, employment and youth opportunity. A few of their successes include: an elementary after school program, community thrift store, substance abuse recovery group, boys and girls youth groups and a food pantry.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is conducting research to design a creative solution to preserve, restore and reuse the historic homes near the Six Points area; they are also exploring tax credits and other financial resources that can be used to help home buyers and those already living in the neighborhood with large restoration needs.