Welcome to HENC

In July 2009, ten neighborhood associations, congregations and business stakeholders combined to form the Historic East Neighborhoods Coalition (HENC).

The coalition addresses the needs of these neighborhoods. The idea is that together the groups can accomplish bigger and broader goals than working independently.

The ten neighborhood associations are 23rd Street PAC, Boston Heights/Mount Hope, Key Coalition, Oak Park, Palestine, Santa Fe, Seven Oaks, South Round Top, Vineyard, and Washington Wheatley.

For more information contact your local neighborhood association.


Strategic Initiatives

Education - Improve the quality of education for children in the community by creating learning opportunities for youth throughout the community while volunteering during the regular school day.

Employment & Economic Development - Provide workforce training and employment opportunities for area residents.

Workforce Housing - Provide safe quality housing for working families and seniors.



Vision Statement

The vision of the Historic East Neighborhoods Coalition is to create a renewed sense of community that is flourishing with pride, safety, and prosperity.


A new life for Seven Oaks Elementary?

HENC has been successful in acquiring a purchase agreement for the former Seven Oaks Elementary School (3700 block of Jackson Ave.) for the development of a senior citizens facility for residents who are aging out of their homes but wish to remain in the community.

The plan is to convert the school into Seven Oaks Estates, 44 unassisted senior units and maintain the school auditorium for community use. The school has been vacant since closing in 2003.

This project is being spearheaded by the Greater Corinthian Community Development Corp. (www.gccdckc.org) whose vision is “to build a strong community, enhancing the quality of life, though the development of the residents by implementing social, educational and housing programs.” 

The faith-based developed corporation has already created quality housing units in the neighborhood with its 48 single-family housing project near 27th and Jackson.

Other promising housing development efforts within the neighborhood include a potential 65-unit development at 39th and Jackson – a project being led by Pendulum Studio (www.pendulumstudio.com).

The architectural firm specializes in sustainable design including developments that generate their own renewable power and capture and use "gray water.”


25 Years of PNDC

A video produced to celebrate the 25 years of the Palestine Neighborhood Development Corporation.

25 Years of PNDC from Historic East Neighborhoods on Vimeo.

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