New Community Is Recognized As:
• One of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the United States
• A large-scale deliverer of comprehensive programs and services
• A leader in affordable housing and economic development
• A model, nationally and internationally, among nonprofit, social entrepreneurship and CDC communities
• Having beneficial partnerships on the local, national and global level
For an overview of our programs and services, check out our “Under One Roof” Resource Guide
New Community Corporation (NCC) in Newark, New Jersey, is one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the country. Founded in 1968 by Monsignor William J. Linder, then a young parish priest, NCC was born out of the civil unrest that spread through inner cities like Newark during the late 1960s. The mission of New Community is to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.
Services We Provide
New Community’s programs include a one-stop Family Resource Success Center that serves thousands of clients annually with everything from emergency food assistance to help paying utility bills. Our 102-family transitional housing facility for the homeless, called Harmony House, serves hundreds of family every year, most of them single mothers and children. Clients are provided with a host of on-site support services like child care, job search and workshops intended to help with goal-setting and activities of daily living. New Community also owns and manages about 2,000 units of housing for seniors and families in Newark, Orange and Jersey City, ranging from high-rises for the elderly to family townhouses.
To assist those living in NCC housing, members of the Resident Services Department provide information and assistance to residents. Resident Services Coordinators in the senior buildings arrange for trips and activities as well as helping residents fill out necessary forms and refer them other sources when necessary.
Also included as part of the New Community network is the New Community Federal Credit Union, which is community-focused with a specialization in serving low-income wage earners and others, including recent immigrants and people with disabilities, with outstanding banking services, but without the fees charged by mainstream banking institutions.
The Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families (SAIF) program provides intensive case management to individuals who have reached their maximum allowable time on public assistance, moving many into the workforce.
Also included in the New Community network is a 180-bed Extended Care Facility, providing a full range of skilled nursing services and sub-acute care, along with adult medical day care services encompassing socialization and help with medication management.
Education for All Ages
Preparing individuals for high-demand jobs is also a primary focus of NCC. New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI) offers a number of programs, including Automotive Technician, Diesel Technician, Building Trades Specialist, Clinical Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Community Healthcare Worker, Culinary Arts Specialist and Business and Computer Technologies. The school offers open enrollment, meaning students can join programs throughout the year.
New Community’s Adult Learning Center serves over 2,000 adult students (16 years and older) per year with a comprehensive array of educational programs, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pre-High School Equivalency (HSE) and HSE. Many students go on to attend college and enter promising careers as a result of the solid, educational foundation and motivation they receive from programs and instructors.
New Community also has two early learning centers — Harmony House Early Learning Center and Community Hills Early Learning Center — both located in Newark and providing infants and toddlers with a solid, educational foundation that develops language, motor, social and intellectual skills. Hours are designed for working parents.
From after-school programs to summer camp and social dances, the Youth Services Department provides young people from the community with a host of activities that are both fun and challenging. There are both community service initiatives and leadership training initiatives that young people can engage in once they become connected to the department.
Mental and Behavioral Health
Family Service Bureau (FSB) is New Community’s affiliate providing behavioral and mental health services for individuals, couples and families. With offices in both Newark and Kearny, the professionally trained staff members provide counseling for problems ranging from domestic violence and drug abuse to child abuse and school truancy.
Better Life, which began serving members of the community in 2018, has three distinct offerings. The Better Life Engagement Center welcomes any individual experiencing homelessness. Staff members help visitors obtain documents, find permanent housing, search for jobs, write resumes and prepare for interviews. Essex County Wellness Respite Services is available for individuals in crisis who have mental health or substance abuse issues. The program offers 10-day stays in private bedrooms and teaches guests skills to cope with their issues while providing a place to relax and reset to get back on their feet. The second floor of Better Life provides supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals. Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) runs the services at the facility.