Women’s Development Corporation (WDC) is a Providence, RI-based non-profit organization which develops and manages scattered-site housing for low income families with children, persons with physical or mental challenges, and elderly households. This short film was produced by DMRLab in 2011to support WDC’s efforts to meet the needs of those at the edge of homelessness. It focuses on the goals of WDC and the experiences of former and current residents. This short film created by Gokce Kinayoglu and Ipek Tureli, is part of a larger ongoing project that has the title, “Housing Options After Pruitt–Igoe.”
Initiated by four young professional women, three of whom were trained as architects, in 1979 following participatory design meetings with low-income women residing in the city center, WDC evolved to become one of the largest developers of housing in the state of RI. Recognizing the success of development relies on the ongoing success of units; hence, the founders created a second corporation, Housing Opportunities, for property management.