Organized in 1989 by 5th Ward civic leaders, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC), a NeighborWorks Charter Affiliate, is a catalytic organization dedicated to the collaborative fostering of holistic community development. As a steward of Houston’s Historic 5th Ward and comprehensive community developer, FWCRC strives to reduce blight and improve the quality of life for its residents by directing its leadership and coalition building skills to bring synergy among the initiatives of public, private and social service organizations. The finished product is a healthy and vibrant community for residents and visitors.
FWCRC implements its mission through six lines of business: real estate development, homeownership promotion and preservation, economic development, art and cultural development, community and supportive services, and asset and property management.
As an established leader in community development, FWCRC and its partners are aggressively pursuing activities designed to improve the lives of residents in the 5th Ward. FWCRC values their goal of sustaining, inviting and celebrating the 5th Ward as the community rebuilds. Efforts are motivated by the desire to honor the history of the community while creating a future that will transform the way greater Houston views the 5th Ward district. Taking a holistic approach to community development, FWCRC has moved beyond home building and commercial development; the renaissance of Lyons Avenue is truly an invitation to join a progressive journey to a multi-million-dollar development strategy through 2020.
FWCRC’s collaborations with key partners have resulted in even more transformative accomplishments for the neighborhood in recent years. Here are some of the highlights:
Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation’s mission is to be a catalytic organization dedicated to the collaborative fostering of holistic community development.
Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation was nominated by the 5th Ward community to serve as the convening agency. Key participants at the time of nomination included: Fifth Ward Bond, Fifth Ward Super Neighborhood and Civic Clubs, and the Fifth Ward Coalition of Churches. As a GO Neighborhood convening agency, FWCRC will continue to collaborate with community groups and individuals in the 5th Ward community. The future of the 5th Ward community will grow from commitments to sustain the culture and population that have made it their home; to invite new residents, uses, events, places and opportunities to share in the future and to celebrate the heritage of the past and the possibilities of the future assembled through music, art, and lively expression of the community.