Working Groups & Ways to Get Involved

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, VP of Housing Policy; or Evette Banfield, VP of Economic Development Policy and Wealth Building Strategies.

Working Group or CommitteeDays of the WeekTimes
Housing CommitteeLast Wednesdays1:00 - 2:30 pm
Economic Development CommitteeLast Thursdays10:00 - 11:30 am
Workforce Development Working Group1st Wednesdays10:00 - 11:30 am
Ownership Working Group1st Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Supportive Housing Working Group3rd TuesdaysNoon - 2:00 pm
Support for Tenant Purchase Working Group2nd Thursdays10:00 am - Noon
Small Business Support Working Group2nd Wednesdays10:00 - 11:30 am
Greater Voice for Small Business Working Group3rd Wednesdays10:00 - 11:30 am
"Workforce Fridays" Meet-UpScheduled on a Friday of every month10:00 am - Noon

Housing Committee

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

Supportive Housing Working Group

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

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.

Economic Development Committee

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

Greater Voice for Small Business Working Group

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

Small Business Support Working Group

Advocating for DC’s small business community to improve funding, coordination and quality of technical assistance, increasing access to capital, and the sustainability of businesses along the District’s neighborhood commercial corridors. 

Workforce Development Working Group

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

“Workforce Fridays” Meet-Up  

Peer-learning opportunity designed for local practitioners, employers and stakeholder partners to share, learn and elevate approaches, programs and services, and best practices to train and equip a skilled workforce (or prepare local residents for high-demand employment opportunities that pay a living wage).

Joint Efforts

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.

DC Preservation Advisory & Steering Committees

Co-Conveners: CNHED and the NeighborhoodInfo DC. Devising policy and program improvements to implement the goals of the Affordable Housing Preservation Strategy.


Housing For All 

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.

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