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 Scott Bruton, Director of Housing Policy; or Evette Banfield, Director of Economic Development Policy.

Working Group/ CommitteeDays Times
Housing Committee4th Wednesdays1 pm – 2:30 pm
Economic Development Committee4th Thursdays10 am – 11:30 am
Family Services Working Group2nd Tuesdays10 am- 11:30 am
Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities1st Thursdays10 am – 11:30 am
Ownership Working Group1st Wednesdays 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Supportive Housing Working Group3rd TuesdaysNoon – 2 pm
Support for Tenant Purchase Working Group2nd Thursdays10 am – noon
Community Lenders Working Group2nd Tuesdays3 pm – 4:30 pm
Neighborhood Commercial Corridors Working Group3rd Tuesdays3 pm – 4:30 pm
Greater Voice for Small Business Working Group3rd Wednesdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Small Business Technical Assistance Working Group2nd Wednesdays10:00 am – 11:30 am
Workforce Development Working Group1st Wednesdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Housing Committee

Coordinating CNHED’s housing priorities across the Continuum of Housing and synthesizing information from all the housing-affiliated Working Groups and Projects.

Family Services Working Group

Facilitating more coordination, advancing policies and creating a funding plan to sustain robust family services.

Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities

Improving the quantity and quality of green development by having a knowledgeable and well-resourced field.

Ownership Housing Working Group

Improving homeownership opportunities for District residents.

Support for Tenant Purchase Working Group

Ensuring the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act provides meaningful and viable options for tenants and that they receive the ongoing support needed to be successful stewards of their affordable homes.

Supportive Housing Working Group

Strengthening the capacity of members to develop and operate supportive housing and improving District processes.

Housing For All Campaign

All District residents deserve decent, quality housing at a price they can afford.  We call on District officials to invest in the housing programs that meet that need. Read more about the Campaign.

Economic Development Committee

Promoting community economic development as a pathway towards economic opportunity and self-sufficiency.

Community Lenders Working Group

Increasing collaboration among local lenders to increase capital in low to moderate income neighborhoods to support viable small businesses and economic development projects. 

Neighborhood Commercial Corridor Working Group

Addressing the needs of the District’s emerging, underdeveloped and distressed commercial corridors.

Greater Voice for Small Business Working Group

Promoting equal access to contracting and procurement opportunities by local small businesses.

Small Business Technical Assistance Working Group

Improving funding and process for DHCD’s Small Business Technical Assistance Program and identifying best practices to strengthen provider’s capacity.

Workforce Development Working Group

Improving collaborative efforts in support of residents’ right and capacity to work and earn a living wage.


Small Business Policy Project

Co-Conveners: CNHED and DC Department of Small & Local Business Development and guided by a 20-person Steering Committee

Improving the climate for small and micro businesses in the District of Columbia – producing more jobs, generating income for DC residents and revenue for the District.

DC Preservation Network

Co-Conveners: CNHED and the NeighborhoodInfo DC, with a network of representatives from HUD, DC housing agencies, housing counseling organizations, and others.

Maintaining a database of and monitor affordable housing properties that are at-risk for conversion to market-rate; identifying changes in the status of projects, discussing strategies for how to preserve the housing, and tracking preservation successes and losses.