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 Committeelast Fridays (every other month starting in Jan. 2015)10:00 am – 11:30 am
Economic Development Committee4th Thursdays3 pm – 4:30 pm
Ownership Working Group1st Wednesday s(every other month)2 pm – 3:30 pm
Family Services2nd Tuesdays10:0 - 11:30 am
Support for Tenant Purchase2nd Thursdays10 am – noon
Supportive Housing4th TuesdaysNoon – 2 pm
Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities1st Thursdays10 am – 11:30 am
Small Business Technical Assistance Working Group2nd Wednesdays10:00 am – 11:30 am
Emerging Commercial Corridors3rd Tuesdays3 pm – 4:30 pm
Community Lenders Working Group2nd Tuesdays3 pm – 4:30 pm

Housing Committee

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

Priorities: Monitoring the development and rollout of DHCD’s new acquisition loan program; preservation of existing affordable housing.

Recent Successes: Led by CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign, passage of B20-0708: Housing Production Trust Fund Baseline Act of 2014 setting a $100m baseline for funding.

Ownership Housing Working Group

Improving homeownership opportunities for District residents.

Priorities: Improvement of DHCD’s Home Purchase Assistance Program processes and administration of homeownership units under the Housing Regulation Administration; support the initiation and success of the East of the River Homeownership Campaign; increase funding for HPAP and East of the River homeownership resources.

Recent Successes: Spearheaded a city-wide discussion on how to incentivize homeownership in underserved neighborhoods and balance the goals of equity appreciation with preserving affordable homeownership; Passage of the Affordable Homeownership Preservation And Equity Accumulation Amendment Act.

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.

Priorities: Improve tracking of TOPA data by DHCD; ensure DHCD’s regulations work well for tenant purchase; ensure adequate funding for technical assistance, including post-purchase assistance; improve communications between CBO’s, cooperative associations, and DHCD; connect affordable coops with needed resources and peer sharing; set-aside for TOPA in budget.

Recent Successes: Second annual Coop Clinic for existing cooperatives, attended by over 100 people. Published a 2nd edition of the guide Technical Assistance for Affordable Cooperatives and Tenant Purchase in DC.

Family Services Working Group

Strengthening the safety net of critical family services provided by nonprofits and  mission-driven for-profits that prevent families from entering or re-entering the homelessness system and provide ways for families to gain economic opportunity and security.

Priorities: Advance policies to support and sustain a variety of family services; Create and execute a strategy for funding a continuum of services; Facilitate system re-design, including better coordination and increased collaboration among providers and between providers and government agencies

Supportive Housing Working Group

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

Priorities: Monitor the District’s Consolidated RFP and accompanying interagency memorandum of understanding to ensure that it works well, is efficient, and has the benefit of additional funding; tell the story of the value of the Local Rent Supplement Program, especially as an operating subsidy; engage and coordinate advocacy with the Interagency Council on Homelessness; monitor and take advantage of healthcare and supportive services funding overlap.Garner additional funding for permanent supportive housing, LRSP and Trust Fund.

Recent successes: The creation, in 2013, of the District’s first Consolidated RFP which ensures production, operating, and service dollars are all made available in a coordinated manner to most efficiently produce supportive housing units. Working with partners, gained unanimous approval by the DC Council of a resolution (introduced jointly by all 13 members) that established the goal of eliminating chronic homelessness by 2020.


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.

Open meetings typically the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm; actions, events and trainings held throughout the year.

The Campaign s an advocacy effort designed to engage thousands of residents to compel DC government to invest in the programs that make a full continuum of housing affordable for District residents, particularly for those with the greatest housing need. We train residents to speak out for affordable housing, mobilize our supporters to keep the stories of DC’s housing need front and center, and challenge government officials to take action. Read more about the Campaign.

 Economic Development Committee

Promoting community economic development as a pathway towards economic opportunity and self-sufficiency. Coordinating CNHED’s economic development priorities and synthesizing information from the affiliated Working Groups and Projects.

Priorities: Small business technical assistance, access to capital for small business, development of distressed commercial corridors, and economic opportunity initiatives.

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.

Priorities: Best practice series for small business development practitioners and collection; publication of the best practices presented at each of the sessions. Foster peer-to-peer learning; hold training series; increased appropriation for the Small Business Technical Assistance program through DC Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the Great Streets program at Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Recent successes: Training on Measuring Impact for Small Business Technical Assistance, and initiated best practices series for small business development practitioners.

Community Lenders Working Group

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

Priorities: Recently established as of January 2015; outreach to build out its membership beyond CDFIs to include local credit unions and micro-lenders; undertake the recommendations in the Small Business Policy Project to increase financial resources for small business; foster coordination between small business bankers and alternative lenders.

Emerging Commercial Corridors Working Group

Working together to address the needs of the District’s emerging, underdeveloped and distressed commercial corridors. 

Priorities: Identify alternative models and strategies that address the needs of our fledgling and transitioning commercial corridors; 
Gather data and information about District funded programs and initiatives that support commercial corridors and small business to understand to determine how well corridors are doing (i.e. market demand and trends impacting commercial corridors); 
Advocate for additional funding for Great Streets, Main Streets, Clean Teams and other local government programs supporting the development and stabilization of commercial corridors; and 
Build stronger business associations and share best practices among the various working group to revitalize their commercial corridors .

Green Community Development Working Group*

* Part of the Economic Development and Housing Committees

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

Priorities: Educate developers about green and sustainability issues and opportunities in development and provide certification program; advocate for storm water mitigation opt-out funds to be available for funding additional green features in affordable housing and community economic development projects; make sure affordable housing and community economic development are integrated into ecodistricts; advocate for funding, such as a “green bank,” and recognition for green sustainable development.

Recent successes: Peer exchanges and well-attended training on Green Retrofits of Multifamily Affordable Housing.


Small Business Policy Project

Co-Conveners: CNHED and DC Department of Small and 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.

Priorities: Expand and Improve Services for Small Business; Give a Greater Voice to Small Business; Improve Access to Information and Communication for Small Business; Increase Financial Resources for Small Business; Expand Economic Opportunity for Small Business

Recent Successes: Issued a report in February 2014 containing 64 recommendations in the five priority areas listed above; issued a progress report at a very well attended convening in November 2014 on the first six months of implementation. Read more about SBPP. 

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.

Priorities: Preserving 35,000 units of assisted affordable housing.

Recent Successes: Released a preservation strategy for the District. Implemented an Action Alert system for immediate notification of major status changes.