Working Groups

CNHED’s working groups are open to members and non-members dedicated to solving some of the most important housing and economic development issues facing Washington, DC.

These groups are formed from key advocacy priorities identified by CNHED’s Housing Committee and Economic Development Committee. Each working group is chaired by a CNHED Board member who reports the group’s strategies to the appropriate committee.   To get involved please complete the online sign up form or simply stop by a meeting.

If you would like more information about CNHED”s working groups, please contact Elizabeth Falcon, Housing Advocacy Director.

Working Group/ CommitteeDays Times
Housing Committeelast Friday (every other month starting in Jan. 2015)10:00 am – 11:30 am
Economic Development Committee4th Thursday3 pm – 4:30 pm
Ownership Working Group1st Wednesday (every other month)3 pm – 4:30 pm
Support for Tenant Purchase2nd Thursday10 am – noon
Resident Services3rd Wednesday3 pm – 4:30 pm
Supportive Housing4th TuesdayNoon – 2 pm
Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities4th Wednesday4 pm – 5:30 pm


2014 Advocacy Priorities

Economic Development Committee

Co-chair: Marla Bilonick and Tim Flanagan

  • Advocate for increased Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) funding and better process
  • Bring inclusive economic development to underserved areas, including Ward 7 and Ward 8
  • Advocate for better linkage between job training, First Source requirements and market demand for employees


Green Community Development Working Group*

Part of the Economic Development and Housing Committees
Co-chairs: Susanne Slater, Oscar Maccio

  • Educate CNHED membership about green and sustainability issues and opportunities in development
  • Advocate for storm water mitigation opt out funds to be used for funding additional green features in affordable housing projects
  • Work with members and DC government agencies to ensure that stormwater implementation goes smoothly by designing around potential problems early in the process
  • Provide access to certification programs for green sustainable development
  • Make sure affordable housing is integrated into ecodistricts
  • Advocate for funding and recognition for green sustainable development


2013 Advocacy Priorities – Housing Committee

Co-Chairs: Rozanne Look, Jim Knight

Ownership Housing Working Group

Co-chairs: Sarah Scruggs

  • Increase funding for HPAP, and increase the maximum allowable loan amount to $50K
  • Work with DHCD to improve HPAP processes and the administration of homeownership units under the Housing Regulation Administration (HRA)
  • Advocate passage of the Community Development Amendment Act (responsible banking)
  • Work with Council to finalize and pass legislation creating a bifurcated approach to affordability and a recapture approach to paying back subsidy
  • Work with stakeholders and DHCD to implement the Welcome Home East of the River Homeownership Campaign


Support for Tenant Purchase Working Group

Co-chairs: Elin Zurbrigg, Farah Fosse

  • Advocate for improved coordination of funding timeline with Tenant Opportunity to Purchase (TOPA) timeline and improved tracking of TOPA data
  • Propose a model for ongoing TA and asset management for cooperatives, and support and advocate for increased attention and funding for preventive post-purchase technical assistance for low income cooperatives
  • Encourage DHCD to continue to keep loan terms flexible based on unique needs of project and location
  • Advocate for a set-aside for acquisition and available funding for preservation to help reach CHSTF goal of 8,000 units preserved by 2020
  • Advocate for a SAFI-like fund for predevelopment
  • Explore the scope and nature of voluntary agreements in the context of preserving affordability


Resident Services Working Group*

Co-chairs: Renise Walker, Pamela Lyons

*The Resident Services Working Group focuses on best practices, policies and programs that provide asset building services for residents of affordable housing who are low- and moderate-income (below 80 percent of area median income).

  • Elevate resident services in the broader policy arena
  • Identify, advocate for, and educate about new resources for funding resident services, while raising awareness about the need for housing with services
  • Investigate how RS programs can be used as an economic development tool, such as by supporting and tracking residents’ progress in workforce development
  • Increase engagement of residents in resident services advocacy
  • Support members intentionally targeting resident engagement as a community development tool, starting with individual properties and expanding into the surrounding neighborhood
  • Educate the CNHED membership about reentry housing
  • Learn about and support multigenerational housing



Supportive Housing Working Group

Co-chairs: Chapman Todd, Marilyn Kresky-Wolff

  • Build capacity by helping existing organizations expand, helping new organizations get familiar with how to provide special needs and supportive housing, working with agencies to improve their capacity building initiatives, and by providing pre- and post-RFP meetings.
  • Tell the human story of LRSP through success stories, Council testimonies, and advocacy by members and residents that is focused on people as well as units. This will include resident advocacy training.
  • Improve coordination between DC Departments of Mental Health and Human Services and TCP to improve allocation of resources and outcomes for clients
  • Continue to advocate for the successful completion of the District’s first consolidated RFP for supportive housing
  • Advocate for improvements to the Local Rent Supplement Program that will strengthen its public policy outcomes
  • Advocate for a sufficient level of operating subsidies in the FY15 budget
  • Collect and analyze responses to the member survey completed last year
  • Meet with Council to discuss the importance of supportive housing and the programs that make it possible (office visits, roundtable, mailings, etc)


DC Preservation Network

Convener: CNHED ; Partner: Urban Institute

Participants: representatives from HUD, DHCD, DCHA, DCHFA, OTA, housing counseling organizations, legal services providers, affordable housing developers and others

  • Preserve federal and local assisted affordable housing
  • Monitor projects that are at risk of losing their affordable status and works to preserve affordability
  • Create a Preservation Plan for DC