New Community’s first housing development opened in 1975. It was followed by a series of family and senior citizen residences that were built and opened through the 1980s and 1990s.
New Community established its own Federal Credit Union in 1984 and today provides services like banking and financial literacy to more than 4,000 members and the larger community.
In 1985, NCC completed the renovation of its current headquarters, St. Joseph Plaza, in a formerly shuttered church on West Market Street. A 180-bed Extended Care Facility, housing an Adult Medical Day Care Program, opened in 1986 and a transitional facility for homeless families, called Harmony House, in 1989. The New Community Neighborhood Shopping Center, with its inner city Pathmark supermarket, opened its doors in 1990.
The $25 million Community Hills development of two- and three-bedroom town homes opened in 1995, providing proud home ownership opportunities on the site of the former Hayes Homes public housing project, adjacent to the flashpoint of the 1967 disorders.
The pace and scope of NCC’s undertakings mushroomed during the 1990s to include a rapidly expanding presence in health care, a state-of-the-art Workforce Development Center and continuing education facility, one of New Jersey’s largest welfare-to-work programs and community-based charter schools.
In the early 2000s, guided by its mission “to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual, God-given dignity and personal achievement” New Community moved aggressively into education, early childhood learning and the expansion of community-based health care.
New Community has become one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive and accomplished provider of community-based programs and services. Today, it stands as the nation’s most compelling model of “critical scale” community-based development and is viewed as a model to emulate worldwide. In its commitment to providing comprehensive and holistic services, NCC is leading the way for the next generation of community-based development.