It was in response to the community’s unease about drugs, crime and unaffordable housing that the Nehemiah Group was formed. As a collaboration of local nonprofits (listed below), the Nehemiah Group produced 48 cooperatives and town homes and built eighteen thousand square feet of community serving retail space coined the Nehemiah Retail Center.
The efforts of the Nehemiah Group helped revitalize the once destroyed Columbia Heights and gave the residents the retail and residential options they desired. Over 25 permanent jobs were created because of this redevelopment effort at the intersection of 14th and Belmont Streets, NW.
The Nehemiah Group was composed of:
*The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights
*The Benjamin Banneker Development Corporation
*CHANGE – All Souls Housing Corporation
*The Community of Hope
*Ministries United to Support Community Leadership Endeavors
*People Using Legal Services Effectively
*Washington Innercity Self Help
*ARCH Housing Corporation
The Nehemiah Group received support from the following organizations: The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Washington Area Housing Partnership, The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, PEPCO, and the lending community.
The collaboration of these groups represented an unprecedented joint venture of non-profit development organizations, private lenders, and corporations. It was the first demonstration of non-profit developers engaging in coordinated, multi-site, comprehensive neighborhood development in the District of Columbia.
The Nehemiah Group is a 1997 recipient of the Fannie Mae Foundations’ Maxwell Award of Excellence.