The View with Steve Glaude

Steve Glaude, President & CEO of CNHED, offers his reflections, encouragements, and perspectives on happenings in the broad community development field in DC.

June 5, 2018 Budget Advocacy Season Recap

Members & Friends,

Last week, the Council held its second vote and approved the FY19 Budget. To see a recap of some successes we achieved together since the first budget vote, click here.

After a long haul budget season, I just want to say “thanks” for your tenacious advocacy efforts. Because of you and the commitments by the Mayor and the Council, we’ve been able to build the political will for investments in programs that help more District residents have stable and affordable housing, build equity through homeownership, and help our neighborhood commercial corridors and small businesses thrive and create jobs.

Our work, of course, does not end there. We will continue to analyze what this budget means for our future and consider what more we can do to building an equitable DC. If you haven’t already, join a working group to be a part of devising those solutions!

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April 2, 2018 Spring forward into upcoming events

Members and Friends,
It might not feel like it today, but Spring is really here. As we prepare for budget season, we want you to save date for CNHED’s Advocacy Day.
On Monday, April 23 from 10:00 AM to Noon, you will have an opportunity to influence funding allocation for Fiscal Year 2019. Why does that matter? Because this is a critical time for us to ensure that the Council will stand by their commitments to make the District inclusive and equitable for all. This year we’ve moved up Advocacy Day by an entire month to ensure that you get to speak to your councilmembers early before pencils are down on the budget. Register with Director of Advocacy Awesta Sarkash. Join us as we lift our voices together.

We also want to see you this Thursday, April 5 from Noon to 2:00 pm for our annual Budget Briefing monthly meeting. If you haven’t already, register today. This year, we’re taking a look into the Mayor’s budget on important programs like HPAP, SBTA, and more. Confirmed speakers include District agency directors such as Polly Donaldson (DHCD), Laura Zeilinger (DHS), Kristie Whitfield (DSLBD), and Director of Business Development  & Strategy (DMPED).

We need your presence, your voice, and your support.

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March 6, 2018 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

CNHED Partners and Friends,
As you know, CNHED is gearing up efforts to advocate for smart investments by DC government in programs that are effective in building and preserving more affordable housing, helping small local businesses grow and create jobs, providing appropriate services to people who need them, creating career pathways and more. And it’s not just investments; we work toward and advocate for policies and programs in support of those same goals.

This year at our rally, we also call for racial equity. Systemic racism and racial bias have prevented too many District residents from experiencing the overall gains in the District’s economy, even as they have otherwise contributed over generations to the rich fabric of DC.

At CNHED, we want a District where all residents are part of thriving, livable communities that are socially, racially, and economically just. Everyone should have housing that is affordable to them. Everyone should have access to living wage and career-path jobs. Everyone should have the necessary services and support, education, health, and other basic ways that enable each person to flourish. And we need your help to make this vision reality.

Please join us Saturday, March 17 — we hope to see you there.

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February 6, 2018 Equitable Communities: Bridging Divides

CNHED Members & Friends, it is my great pleasure to announce to you that Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, President & CEO of Global Policy Solutions, and former Democratic candidate for Maryland governor will kick off our year of monthly meetings focused on equitable communities at our February Monthly Meeting, Equitable Communities: Bridging Divides. As a herald and proponent of social and structural determinants to health, Dr. Rockeymoore makes critical connections between health, economic security, education, and civic engagement. As a knowledgeable and experienced presenter, she has spoken on the racial wealth gap and its impact on jobs and the economy.

We look forward to the dynamic discussion Dr. Rockeymoore will inspire as we consider CNHED’s year-long venture into the impact and implementation of equitable communities for ALL DC residents. Register here and we hope to see you on February 15!

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December 4, 2017 What a year we’ve had together
2017 has been a hard but successful year for us as a community development field. From budget season to a bustling Small Biz Week to our celebratory Annual Event and CD Week, and everything in-between, we thank you for helping us drive toward our vision, to see a District where all residents are part of thriving, livable communities that are socially, racially, and economically just.
I invite you to our last meeting of the year– CNHED’s Annual Meeting & Holiday Mixer Thursday, December 14 at noon – 2:00 pm at PNC Place (800 17th St. NW, 12th floor). **Please note, there will be a VOTE at this meeting on a proposed by-laws change that would allow the current board of directors and executive officers to remain in place until March 2018. This will give time for the board to hold their annual leadership retreat. Don’t forget to RSVP!

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November 20, 2017 THANKS to our Members

During this week of reflection and Thanksgiving, I just want to take a moment to say THANKS to you — our CNHED members, friends, and partners in the field — for all that you do. Your efforts and hard work do not go unnoticed, and our proud, resilient District residents are better for it. Have a wonderful and safe holiday.

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October 2, 2017 Community Development Week 2017 is finally here!

See our list of activities celebrating YOU – our members and partners in the District of Columbia:

Monday, October 2 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, R.L. Christian Groundbreaking
Join Mayor Muriel Bowser at the groundbreaking of R.L. Christian to celebrate record investments in preserving and producing affordable housing in the District. R.L. Christian is a new affordable housing development in Ward 6.
Location: 1300 H Street, NE
RSVP here

Monday, October 2 at 11:00 am – noon, Employment Training Pop-in
Learn how a collaborative approach to workforce service delivery is engaging individuals, business, government, and community based organizations to support District residents working toward self-sufficiency and elevation out of poverty. “Pop in” on the SOME Center for Employment Training, a licensed, six-month job training program. Time: 11:00 am – noon. Location:  2300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE

Tuesday, October 3 at 10:00 am Council of the District of Columbia presents a Resolution declaring Community Development Week 2017

Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm A Community of Leaders: United in Vision, Acting for Justice CNHED’s annual celebration and fundraising event of the year! Purchase your tickets here!

>>See full list of events

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September 6, 2017 End of Summer Activities

Members & Friends:
Can you believe it’s September already?! It’s beginning to look a lot (and feel!) like fall in the District of Columbia. And while it feels like the end of summer, CNHED is starting to kick up it’s fall line of events, and we want to see you– our beloved membership– in attendance to one, more, or all of them! Here’s what you can expect in the six weeks at CNHED:

  1. Economic Development advocacy workshop September 28 at 10 AM – Noon
    Attendees will learn how effective networking and coalition-building supports advocacy strategies for economic development issues in DC. Register your staff.
  2. DC Co-op Clinic September 30 at 9 AM – 12:30 pm
    CNHED, Mi Casa, LEDC, and other partners will convene District co-op owners for a training to empower them with tools to effectively run their co-ops. Registration link coming soon!
  3. We want to especially highlight our second annual Community Development Week on October 2-6, 2017. Help us celebrate your work and all the ways your works makes a positive difference in the lives of residents District-wide. Contact Precious Rideout to get your events highlighted during that week.
  4. Purchase tickets to our special event Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Shakespeare Theater Company. And there’s still time to sponsor the event. Become a sponsor today!

We look forward to seeing and celebrating you.

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July 11, 2017 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

It’s been a busy month for CNHED, and as Board Chair, I want to let you know of a couple upcoming events taking place:

CNHED and the Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) are partnering to spearhead a fascinating and well-timed initiative– the Asset Building Policy Project– which seeks to increase the assets, savings and net worth of low to moderate households in the District through outreach, advocacy, policies, and greater public investment.

We will jointly host an Asset Building Policy Project Symposium on Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 AM – Noon at New America (740 15th St. NW).

This dialogue’s aim is to launch and platform effective collaboration around increasing the assets, savings, and net-worth of low- to moderate-income households in the District. CNHED will also release a briefing paper examining how others across the country are breaking down the barriers that contribute to financial insecurity.

Also, you don’t want to miss this unique monthly meeting: Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity on Thursday, July 27 at noon – 2:00 PM. Take the opportunity to reinvigorate and inspire your colleagues and staff through improvisational skills and principles for a more engaging, fun, and positive work environment.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both events, and thanks for all you do.

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June 6, 2017 Thank you for your hard work this budget season

THANK YOU for your hard work this budget season! On Tuesday, May 30, the DC Council held its first vote on the FY 2018 budget.

Because of your efforts, the budgets proposed by both the Mayor and DC Council maintained some key investments in affordable housing and community economic development that are critical for the health of the District. See our brief budget highlights here.

We also thank District leaders for the investments they are making for community development programs that work. And although we didn’t get increases in all our priority areas, housing and community development received the largest portion of discretionary program dollars available in next year’s budget. CNHED remains steadfast in gaining additional funding to address homelessness, produce and preserve more affordable housing, grow small businesses, create jobs, and make the District a place where all our residents can thrive. The Council will hold its second vote on June 13. No major amendments are anticipated, but we remain engaged in the budget process should there be opportunity for adjustments.

Finally, join us for CNHED’s 2nd annual Community Development Week will be held October 2 – 6, 2017! During this week, we will host our annual Community of Leaders Annual Event on Wednesday, October 4. Let us know about any events you have planned– open houses, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, tours– or will hold during that week. Contact my staff Precious Rideout to share your ideas or for more information.

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May 1, 2017 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

Members and Friends — As you know, May is a busy month for CNHED. Not only are we continuing our advocacy efforts by testifying at budget hearings, but we’re kicking off the month of May by celebrating DC Small Business Week with DC Small Biz Week Take2!

Join us at our special kick-off event Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 am at Maketto (1351 H St. NE). Sign up for breakfast bites, networking, and more— also join us after the event to canvass commercial corridors and share more information about resources for the District’s small business community.

And don’t forget that CNHED will hold its annual Advocacy Day Monday, May 15 at 10:00 am at the Wilson Building (1350 Penn. Ave NW). We need the strength of your voices to make sure Council will stand by their commitments to affordable housing and small business in the FY 2018 budget.

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April 4, 2017 Announcing “Community of Leaders” Annual Event October 4th

We’re thrilled to announce CNHED’s Community of Leaders Annual Event On Wednesday, October 4 at the Shakespeare Theater Company Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW)! This is taking place during Community Development Week October 2 – 6, 2017 to highlight the activities and impact of our member organizations working to create a District in which all residents can thrive.

Last year, we inaugurated a very successful Community Development Week 2016 highlighting the community development sector’s role in creating and preserving affordable housing; assisting the creation, health and expansion of small business; creating and financing community economic development projects; energizing commercial corridors; and creating opportunities to reap increased income and improved quality of life.

This year, we want to do more. Yes– more!– to highlight your hard work and achievements. Email Precious Rideout about participating in the 2017 events. We can’t do it without you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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February 7, 2017 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

This month, I want to highlight the importance of advocacy. CNHED has built its wins through our nimble yet unrelenting advocacy efforts to support thousands of families and individuals through sustainable and affordable housing, critical supportive services, small business development, neighborhood corridor improvements and more.

We’ve focused our upcoming monthly meeting (next Thursday at noon) on the issue of advocacy to prepare our organizations for the upcoming budget season in DC — and better prepare strategies to deal with potential federal policy and budget changes.

Whether this will be the first time you or your organization has participated in advocacy efforts, or you are a seasoned advocate, join us for Effective Advocacy in Today’s District of Columbia. We have a fantastic speaker, Dr. Patrick Griffin, who has 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the private sector, including advising the leadership and caucus on policy and floor strategy.

I am also so pleased that we will again partner the the Way Home Campaign for a joint rally More for Housing NOW on Saturday, March 18. I hope you’ll spread the word to ensure we have another amazing show of support!

Please see more opportunities below to take action — and I look forward to seeing you next week!

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January 4, 2017 Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all! Last year was a success for CNHED and community development as a whole in the District. With your leadership and support, we accomplished a great deal last year. Truly, it was another outstanding year, because of you.

We’re excited about fulfilling the commitments we made to you, our partners and allies, and District residents in the upcoming year. With our vision ahead of us– a District where all residents are part of thriving, livable communities that are socially, racially, and economically just — we’re motivated to carry out equitable solutions through the power of convening practitioners, advocating, and educating to achieve even more on behalf of our community.

Here’s to a bright and bold 2017!

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November 8, 2016 Telling Our Story Better
On the heels of a very successful DC Community Development Week, I am reminded of the never-ending importance of telling our story better and to more people. The inaugural DC Community Development was a great first step in what we hope to be part of an emerging, ongoing communications strategy, led by CNHED, for the community development field in the District. CNHED is committed to building on that momentum, strengthening messaging while continuing to design the solutions and tools, and to build the will among District leaders to resource the community development field, particularly those nonprofits servicing our most challenged communities and populations. In the months and year to come, CNHED will work across our membership to improve our messaging, educate the public, media and District leaders, and ensure that our work is properly resourced and respected.
–Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more photos from our Annual Event and Community Development Week!


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September 7, 2016 Community Development Week & CNHED’s Annual Event

Members & Friends:
Yes, it’s true: summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we stop moving on behalf of District residents. CNHED is inaugurating an annual Community Development Week celebration, October 10 – 14, 2016. You all form part of this rich spectrum of community development entities that have made tremendous contributions to improving the quality of life of low-moderate income residents and economic vitality of our community.
We want to celebrate you and your accomplishments — Please let us know about any events you have planned or will hold during the week of Oct 10 -14 ! We hope you will plan any open houses, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, tours, events, etc. during this important week. We’ll list everything going on around the District and incorporate it into our print, television, radio promotions and social media campaign. Have a question – let me know — otherwise, send us an email about your event to highlight during this week to Ginger Rumph or Precious Rideout.

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July 5, 2016 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

Now that summer is in full swing, many are taking a little vacation time to rejuvenate. CNHED’s rejuvenation comes from you – our members and supporters! We’re in the midst of planning our first annual Community Development Week for October 10 -14, a time to promote and celebrate the work you do across the District. We’re asking you to keep us abreast of your groundbreakings, grand-openings, and other celebrations you have coming up this fall and let us help you promote these events.
As part of the week’s events, on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, CNHED will hold our annual special event and fundraiser. This year’s theme is A Community of Leaders: Cultivating Equitable Communitiesand, as with every year, we will celebrate YOU—the advocates, small business owners, practitioners, developers, housing counselors, lenders, and all of our valued partners and members.

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June 6, 2016 Racial Justice and Community Development

Many stakeholders in the District, including philanthropy, community, and corporate leaders, have increasingly recognized the issue of race in ensuring equitable communities. CNHED’s own board has embedded the notion of racial justice in our strategic plan. Yet, recognizing the importance is just a first step in addressing racial equity in the community, in community investments, and in organizational development.

At our monthly meeting on Thursday, June 23, we have invited the Philadelphia Association for Community Development Corporations to share their experiences and insights in integrating racial justice and community development. Join us for this special presentation and conversation to spark our thinking about the issue in the District. We hope to see you there!

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May 4, 2016 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

CNHED is kicking off the month of May with some great events and ways to be involved! I’d like to highlight two key items.
This week we’re celebrating DC Small Business Week with the DC Small Biz Takeover. There was great turnout for the six mini-clinic pop-ups CNHED coordinated across the District on Monday, and we continue to promote the many other events & resources for small biz across the District. Many thanks to everyone who is participating – I’m told our hashtag #DCSMW16 trended for the DC metro area yesterday! Keep tweeting, posting and supporting our DC local small businesses!
AND next Tuesday, May 10 starting at 9:00 am, CNHED holds our annual Advocacy Day! We need your help to make sure Council will stand by their commitments to affordable housing and small business in the FY 2017 budget. RSVP today.

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April 5, 2016 CNHED wins the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2016 Organizing Award

CNHED has been awarded the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2016 Organizing Award for the success of the Housing For All Campaign! Our campaign succeeds because of strong resident engagement, clear and realistic goals set by campaign leaders, as well as support from our public officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser made affordable housing a cornerstone of her campaign and has kept her promise the first two years in office by putting $100 million in the Housing Production Trust Fund in her budget, and has promised to put it in each of the remaining years of her term. Equally, DC Council leadership, notably Housing and Community Development Committee Chair Anita Bonds, and the rest of DC Council, have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Trust Fund and other housing programs. Ultimately, a campaign is as effective as the public officials who embrace it. The District is fortunate to have leaders who are willing to fight for these programs in order to create and preserve housing for District residents.

We are grateful to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this award and for bringing national attention to our efforts in the District, but it doesn’t stop there. We’ll be riding the wins — and more importantly, we’ll be working together with our members, with residents, and with our District leaders, to strengthen and grow our collective agenda of creating #EquitableCommunities.

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March 8, 2016 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

Last Saturday, CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign, in partnership with the Way Home Campaign, held the tremendously successful Fulfill the Promise Rally to ensure affordable housing, end chronic homelessness and build a DC where all residents thrive. Foundry Church was an absolute full house with close to 1,000 residents, organizers, and supporters. I was genuinely moved by the stirring testimonies of formerly homeless neighbors, of new homeowners, of what home means to our youngest residents. We were honored to have Mayor Bowser address the crowd, along with Councilmembers Bonds, Nadeau, Orange, and Silverman, and administration officials from DHCD, Director Donaldson, and from DMPED, Deputy Mayor Kenner.

THANK YOU for making this yet another successful rally. Click to see a number of media outlets that covered the event: NBC News 4 Hundreds Rally in DC for Affordable Housing; ABC News 7 D.C. Housing For All Rally; WTOP Rallying for housing for D.C.’s homeless; WJLA D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser takes steps toward ending homelessness; Washington Informer Fulfill The Promise Rally.

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February 1, 2016 Housing For Rally on March 5!

It’s February – we’re gearing up efforts to advocate for the resources that allow us to serve the neediest residents of the District. We’ve succeeded in getting District leaders, funders, and the media to acknowledge that affordable housing, business opportunities, job creation, and employment opportunities are critical challenges for the District, and we have won historic funding commitments as a result of our advocacy efforts. As we enter the next season of decision-making by the District, we must remain diligent in shedding light on the importance of sustaining this awareness and these commitments.

We need everyone to stay with us through this upcoming round of hearings, rallies, Council visits and other activities that keep our voices strong. We can all start by committing to come to the Housing For All/The Way Home Rally Fulfilling the Promise. Please note that the date has been changed to Saturday, March 5. Please mark your calendars, stay tuned for more information, and plan to join us!

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January 6, 2016 Board Chair Message by Susanne Slater

After a very successful 2015, CNHED is poised to act on a very ambitious strategic plan for 2016-2018 that the Board adopted at the end of the year. We’re so pleased that this new strategic approach further bridges and expands our work in housing and economic development. Our vision is a District where all residents are part of thriving, livable communities that are socially, racially, and economically just. You will hear more about the goals and elements of the plan when we formally roll it out over the coming months.

At CNHED’s monthly meeting on January 21, we will take an in-depth look at one of our five strategic goals – advocacy – and will officially launch our interactive Housing For All Case study website. We’ll explore the strategies and tactics that worked and how they can be applied to other campaigns. Be sure to register using the link above.

Thank you for your historical support and please look to be even more engaged in 2016!

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December 7, 2015 Launch of

Last week, CNHED’s Small Business Policy Project (SBPP) held an event to launch DCSmallBizHelp, a new online network of fifteen organizations that provide an expansive array of assistance and resources to local small business owners and entrepreneurs to plan, start, and grow a small business in the District.

We had the great pleasure of being joined by DSLBD Director Ana Harvey, Diana Meyer of Citi Community Development, special guest Bob Annibale- Global Director of Citi Community Development, along with many of the provider groups and small businesses. The completion of DCSmallBizHelp fulfills one of the recommendations in the Small Business Policy Project, and we were excited to finally unveil its features in support of small businesses across the District.

Read the full press release and don’t forget to explore the website!

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November 4, 2015 Excerpted from closing remarks given at the CNHED’s Vision In Victory: Leading the Way to Opportunity for All celebration

CNHED’s strength has always been that we serve and engage an array of organizations and individuals. We tenaciously pursue buy-in, consensus or compromise among the most experienced leaders in the bodies of work that make up the community development field. This will continue and expand as we go forward, as this engagement makes us the unique force that lead and wins.

The staff and I are continuously amazed at how much all of you do, how little credit you get, how your reach is little known and under-appreciated, and we intend to work hard to change that. In the years to come, we hope to assist in the quantification of who you are, whom you serve and how well you serve. These may appear to be obvious or unimportant but as we pay attention to the current conversations, debates and decisions, we see them as missing jewels in the crown.

Our commitment is as it has always been to win more resources for your work, strengthen the sound of your voice on programs and policies and broaden the audiences who listen but also increase public awareness and public celebration of your need and greatness. We will continue to advocate, convene, communicate and equip our members and the broader field so the work we all care about is resourced, expanded, supported and recognized in ways we can all be proud of.

You will see research efforts, training and capacity building, information and service coordination, stakeholder expansion and inclusion, and more designed to meet and fuel your aspirations. We are here to serve you and we are humbled by your support.

Thank you for coming, thank you for supporting us, and thank you for serving the people of the District of Columbia.

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October 6, 2015 Best wishes, Tim!

Today, I’m using this note to acknowledge one of
our exemplary leaders who is leaving the area after years of service. Tim Flanagan, Executive Director of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) recently announced his retirement from WACIF and resignation from the CNHED Board of Directors. Tim will be relocating to Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter to be near other family and start new ventures.

On behalf of the CNHED Board of Directors, I want to thank Tim for his unstinting service to the CNHED Board, but more importantly for his vision and leadership at WACIF where many have benefited from his stalwart management of the organization and the myriad of services and benefits they have provided the community. I have personally enjoyed working with Tim because he is a thought leader and he provides perspective in areas where others may have overlooked. He has done CNHED a huge benefit by helping to grow our agenda in the realm of economic development.  I admire his courage and strength of voice at moments when broader consideration and even re-direction have been needed. It is because of Tim and others like him in our community and among our leadership that CNHED will be better equipped to serve for years to come.  To use a golf metaphor, “hit ‘em long and hit ‘em straight,” Tim, and thanks for all you have done!

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September 8, 2015

I am really heartened to share great news. As you know, our legislative efforts had sweeping victories: Housing For All Campaign delivered $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund and additional funding for other programs. We won increases for commercial corridor support and Small Business Technical Assistance. At the heart of our efforts is a belief that housing must be accompanied with enhanced economic opportunity for individuals and families.

CNHED has been invited to be part of a select national strategy session with other successful housing campaigns seeking to blend housing with broader community concerns. CNHED is being highlighted at the Center for Community Change’s (CCC) national convening with statewide housing trust fund campaigns. CNHED’s Housing for all Campaign is specifically being recognized for our efforts in engaging residents across the District. CCC’s convening will focus on how to build cross issue alliances – this is consistent with CNHED’s leadership mandate to broaden our approach to community development. We look forward to reporting back to you what we learn and identify as the next steps forward.

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July 7, 2015 The View from 727

Dear Members,
As we settle into CNHED’s new space, I want to personally invite you to our Open House event slated now for Tuesday, August 11 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at 727 15th St. NW, Suite 600.
Our new, expanded space will better support our growing working groups, our resident leadership team, and all of the many meetings and gatherings convened by CNHED. As a bonus– we’re within walking distance of the Wilson building– where the District leaders we influence on your behalf work daily.
So come visit us on August 11 during the open house where we’ll have drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and good conversation.
Help us inaugurate CNHED’s new chapter in a new location as we continue working with and for you!

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June 1, 2015 Victory!!!!

I’ve been in advocacy and politics about 40 years. Our recent victories are rare and should be treasured. Thanks to a vibrant association (CNHED), purposeful practitioners, educated and dutiful resident leaders, and principled elected leadership in the District, our legislative agenda around the budget was achieved. These victories are highlighted by $100 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund, almost doubling appropriations for Small Business Technical Assistance, restructured strategies to end homelessness and more. We are fortunate to have Mayor Muriel Bowser standing firm on affordable housing, ending homelessness and improving economic opportunity, and equally fortunate to have Council leadership spearheaded by Housing and Community Development Chairperson Anita Bonds and broad-based support from the rest of the Council.

We may need your support again on June 16 at the Committee of the Whole regular meeting as the Council takes it final vote. This was a great victory, and with all victories, comes greater expectations. Let’s ready ourselves for the multi-tiered challenges that come with winning and repeatedly prove worthy of the investments.

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May 4, 2015 We Stand With Baltimore

CNHED is deeply saddened by the recent violent events in Baltimore, our sister city.

We believe the cornerstone of healthy communities is opportunity: the opportunity for all residents to live in housing that is affordable to them. The opportunity for meaningful employment and career pathways. The opportunity to live in vibrant and diverse neighborhoods with fair and transparent institutions. The opportunity for residents to be engaged in civic processes. These opportunities can change lives for the better, and this is the end to which we work daily.

We are committed to building holistic communities beyond “brick and mortar” to uplift the people we serve in our communities. May all of us in the field take to heart our commitment to one another and our communities with this purpose in mind.

We stand with Baltimore, still Charm City.

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April 6, 2015 What an Amazing Start to April!
The Mayor’s proposed FY16 budget includes CNHED’s request of $100 Million for the Housing Production Trust Fund and funding for many other important programs (see the News Flash). It was great to see our Board President Susanne Slater is quoted in the City Paper article about the Mayor’s budget.

CNHED is digging into the budget for more details and will share those with you. Come out to CNHED’s Budget Briefing on April 15 to learn more – and hear from the agency directors themselves.

April also brought us the confirmation of Polly Donaldson as DHCD Director and the appointment of Courtney Snowden as Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, a newly created position. Creating economic opportunity for all our District residents is a value that CNHED holds strongly and we’ll be working closely with the office to generate new approaches and shore up those that are working.

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March 3, 2015 Preserving Affordable Housing in the District
I was honored yesterday to moderate an excellent roundtable discussion and Q&A on the Affordable Housing Preservation Strategy for DC that DC Preservation Network (DCPN) released. This strategy has been shared with all of the member of the Council of the District of Columbia and cabinet level appointees of the Bowser Administration, resulting in many of them highlighting the importance of preservation in their public statements and hearings.

While DCPN is co-convened by us at CNHED and the Urban Institutes’ NeighborhoodInfo DC, there are so many of our members and partners that come together to monitor housing at-risk of losing affordability and strategize about how to preserve it. This strategy document was created by an excellent team of practitioners- THANK YOU for your work!- and thanks to all who participated yesterday and asked questions that help our next steps.

Please stay tuned for more on this critical topic.

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February 2, 2015  A Time To Be Encouraged
After meeting with almost every member of the Council of the District of Columbia and several high ranking members of the Bowser Administration, I am encouraged by the will I sense from the leaders of the District to strengthen affordable housing, end chronic homelessness, and expand community economic development.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has taken the reins of the efforts to end chronic homelessness, along with Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Chair of the Council Committee on Health and Human Services. Councilmember Anita Bonds has been appointed Chair of the Council Committee on Housing and Community Affairs and has echoed our concerns about addressing housing affordability and generating neighborhood based economic development. Three freshman Councilmembers (Charles Allen, Brianne Nadeau, Elissa Silverman) have embraced our agenda. Mayor Muriel Bowser remains unflinching in her pursuit of critical funding for the Housing Production Trust Fund and other affordable housing programs as she promised in her campaign. Her appointment of key leaders can foster DC agency improvements – appointments such as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald; the rejuvenation of the Inter Agency Council on Homelessness under the leadership of Kristy Greenwalt; Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Brian Kenner; and of course our own Polly Donaldson as Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

I see this as a time to be encouraged and a time to be prepared. I think we have a unique period in front of us. Let’s ready ourselves, stay engaged with our District leaders, and take full advantage of a moment that doesn’t occur often in politics or business.

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January 6, 2015 #FreshStart2015…
means great opportunities for CNHED, our members and stakeholders. Here’s to new friends in City Hall, City Council and government-at-large.

Buckle Up — it’s gonna be a helluva ride!

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