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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This summer, a group of six youth worked together to create a new mural at our 133 Chandler Street building.  In what is known as “Project Comic Style”, our artists Mark A. Thomas (Mumblez), Ryan Rios (Oddity), Linnette Rivera (Blurple), Kahzay Valdes (Spaz), Nick Mangra (Apollo), and Greg Schneider (designed Mirage, a separate character) envisioned themselves as comic book characters with unique powers working in the neighborhood to create positive messages and embrace individuality. These artists came together to blend their unique art styles into something new and creative – and the result was truly amazing! 

Ultimately, their hope is to show its youth that they can be leaders in enacting positive change, and inspire others to do the right thing even if struggling in life.  “In particular, we want people to know that modern day street art is not vandalism.” – Linnette Rivera.  One of the primary goals behind their art was to change negative perceptions around their inner city neighborhoods, and around graffiti-styled street art.  They chose to do this by spreading messages of fun and joy, as well as fostering a sense of Piedmont Pride. The mural also makes sure that individualism isn’t taken for granted, but instead praised. 

The group’s advice to other young artists trying to make it in Worcester?  “Just keep going, and look for opportunities.  As long as you keep pursuing your dream, it’ll happen…Never give up.  And if you make a mistake, it’s ok.  Because only from mistakes, you learn.  And you can always paint over 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.  

Exciting news! Worcester Common Ground is launching a new healthy food program through Dismas House Farm.  From June through October, our WCG families will receive boxes of free fresh produce, along with delicious recipes to try!

Stay tuned for more updates about future healthy living programming for our WCG tenants and homeowners! 

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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