The WCC Futures Council is a group of concerned citizens, civic associations, civic groups, non profits, businesses and faith based organizations within West Center City working together to improve their community. The West Center City Futures Council partners with Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware and Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.

The West Center City Futures Initiative’s vision for revitalization is to promote the growth and development of the PEOPLE of West Center City; to bolster a cohesive West Center City COMMUNITY that shares the values of civic responsibility, accountability, and engagement; and to recreate West Center City as a safe, attractive, and sustainable PLACE in which people and communities can thrive.

ICHDE’s community-led approach—designed to bring forth comprehensive, transformative and sustainable
community change in West Center City—includes three main strategy areas:

1. PEOPLE

Cultivating and empowering resident leaders in the community

2. COMMUNITY

Building community and engaging residents through arts and culture

3. PLACE

Investing in housing rehabilitation and development

PEOPLE

Cultivating and empowering resident leaders in the community

Engaging and empowering resident leaders is essential to creating sustainable and transformative community change. ICHDE focuses on providing a platform for motivated residents to advocate for and take active roles in their community. Resident leadership programs enable West Center City’s transformation to be led by those most impacted by the work. Empowering community residents – both young and old – to invest in their neighborhood is a critical strategy to ensuring sustainable change.

Key Programs

  • Block Captains Network
  • Youth Ambassadors
  • Resident Leadership Development Academy

COMMUNITY

Building community and engaging residents through arts and culture

Art speaks and is an undeniable method through which a community can find its voice. In West Center City, art programming fosters resident engagement, intergenerational collaboration, and positive interaction between residents.

Key Programs

  • Community Gatherings
  • Freedom Arts
  • Creative District

PLACE

Investing in housing rehabilitation and development

Through its housing initiative, ICHDE seeks to increase affordable housing and homeownership opportunities through a combination of new developments, as well as rehabilitating the stately, historic homes that came out of West Center City’s rich history.

Key Programs

  • Affordable Housing Rehabilitation and Development

West Center City Strategic Neighborhood Plan

Download a copy of the West Center City Strategic Neighborhood Plan

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