CNHED is honored to have inaugurated Community Development Week, October 10 -14, 2016 highlighting the activities and impact of our member organizations in creating a District of Columbia in which all residents can thrive. The week’s activities illuminated the community development field’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.
Highlights from CNHED’s inaugural Community Development Week 2016 include [and see our photo album here]:
- Mayoral proclamation and Council resolution declaring “Community Development Week 2016”
- Groundbreaking for 12 new affordable townhomes in Ivy City by Habitat for Humanity and Level 2 Development, with speakers Mayor Bowser, Councilmembers Bonds and McDuffie; other dignitaries.
- Ribbon cutting of Community Preservation and Development Corporation’s (CPDC) Edgewood Commons I, where more than 200 came out to celebrate the completion of a four-phase, five-year revitalization effort, exceeding $50 million, at the center of CPDC’s community development strategy for the neighborhood.
- Rehab groundbreaking of 60 affordable apartment units by MANNA, Inc. revitalizing two buildings with funds from the Housing Production Trust Fund, allowing residents to continue living in the District.
- Launch of the DC Preservation Network’s (DCPN) new online Preservation Catalog, containing 39,000+ units of housing assisted by federal & local subsidies. CNHED and NeighborhoodInfo DC (a project of the Urban Institute).
- Grand opening of SB Works, a new small businessresource center in Ward 5.
- LISC DC released Preservation Works: LISC DC’s Role in Preserving Quality Affordable Housing
- CNHED published a policy brief Ending Homelessness through the DC Continuum of Housing