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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Last week, the bright and creative 6th graders from Jacob Hiatt Magnet School painted beautiful landscapes that will be displayed at our Bioshelter. Students paired up to design their own signs; drawings included flowers, fruits, vegetables, rainbows, and animals. The signs paintings will be hung up in the next few days in anticipation of the 6th graders' field trip to the Bioshelter. They will have an opportunity to explore the urban orchard, see their artwork, and learn about all the exciting ways they can continue to be involved with the Bioshelter. 

A huge thank you to the teachers and staff at JHMS, WCG intern Lorenzo, and Hiatt Center staffer Helen Segil for making this project such a success! 

In early October, Worcester Common Ground proudly welcomed two new community development ventures to the Piedmont Neighborhood: a Bioshelter/Urban Orchard and housing rehabilitation project at 21 Jaques Avenue. These achievements were celebrated alongside valued community partners and residents, and demonstrated the power of grassroots collaboration. The Bioshelter, a specialized type of greenhouse, was conceived through a partnership with WPI students and faculty. Construction began this summer, thanks to the dedicated students of YouthBuild Worcester. We are excited to see the Bioshelter become a truly community-driven greenspace initiative, with the capacity for year-round food growth, educational programming, neighborhood gatherings, and so much more.

Down the street at 21 Jaques Avenue, we are preparing to commence construction on our latest housing rehabilitation project. After many years, Worcester Common Ground was able to secure state and city funds to transform this blighted property into four affordable rental apartments. Three (3) units, 75% of the project, will be affordable to extremely low income households with incomes up to 30% AMI, and one unit (1) will be affordable for a 50% AMI very low income household. Two of the units will provide supportive housing for Department of Mental Health (DMH) clients utilizing Facilities Consolidation Funds (FCF) and Housing Trust Funds (HTF).

This work would not be possible without the support of our community partners. Thank you to Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Santander, TJX Companies, Fallon Health, the George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, and Saint Gobain for their contributions.

By popular demand, Worcester Common Ground and Trinity Lutheran Church partnered to create a summer basketball camp as a continuation of our annual Winter Basketball League.  During the three-day camp, volunteer coaches worked on drills and skills with our neighborhood kids.  We focused on building communication, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and technical skills.  Each day, the kids rotated through different skills stations, followed by scrimmages, and of course, Steal the Bacon! We are incredibly grateful to all of our volunteers and sponsors for making this camp a success, and are looking forward to running our league in the winter!  

If you are interested in getting involved in our basketball initiative, please contact our Community Organizer, Ellie Gilmore, at 508-754-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It's official!! Worcester Common Ground was selected as one of the winner's out of 1000+ applications in KaBOOM!'s $1Million Play Everywhere Challenge for our Piedmont Plays: Love Your Neighborhood Program. We're so excited to be working with Jacob Hiatt Magnet School students on the Project Tire Makeover aspect, where 4-6th grade students are creating playful art sculptures out of recycled tires. Stay tuned for more photos and updates! The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.

To learn more about WCG’s ideas for making play happen everywhere in the Piedmont neighborhood of Worcester, MA contact Charise Canales at 508-754-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To learn more about the Play Everywhere Challenge, including a gallery of ideas for what Play Everywhere could look like across the U.S. please visit http://kaboom.org/playeverywhere.  

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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