Past Trainings & Meetings

2017 Training Institute and Capacity Building Schedule

The “G” Word: Legislation & Policies Addressing the Effects of Gentrification
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Location: Mt. Vernon Place UMC (900 Mass. Ave NW)

CNHED  hosted a panel on the ground experts addressing the real effects of gentrification on DC residents and business owners alike. Panelists included: Tania Jackson, Chief of Staff, Office of Councilmember Nadeau (Ward 1); Anwar Saleem, Executive Director, H Street Main Street; Marla Bilonick, Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Center. The discussion included a look at upcoming legislation the DC Council will consider to support DC residents’ ability to afford housing and/or thrive as small business owners.

Affordable Housing Capacity Convening
Monday, October 30, 2017, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: The Meyer Foundation (1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW)

CNHED convened, in partnership with the Meyer Foundation and in consultation with LISC and Enterprise, approximately 35 leaders in affordable housing in a cross-sectoral dialogue with representatives from for-profit and non-profit developers, government, financial institutions, philanthropy, intermediaries, and professional services. CNHED received a small grant from the Meyer Foundation to cover the cost of the facilitator. The convening was the start of an ongoing open dialogue about building the capacity of the field to solve for the sufficient creation and preservation of affordable housing, along with the provision of necessary support services. A representative from each of those sectors prepared a brief landscape statement that were synthesized into a draft convening landscape statement and foundation for conversation at the convening. Participants agreed to continue to dialogue, with CNHED committing to designing a process that will efficiently and effectively engage the participants to devise practical next steps.

Housing Insights Launch / DC Civic Tech and Data Collaborative
Thursday, October 5, 2017, noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Urban Institute (21oo M St, NW)

The DC Civic Tech and Data collaborative launched its new affordable housing preservation decision-making tool. Participants will learn about this innovative collaboration among CNHED, NeighborhoodInfo DC (a project of the Urban Institute), the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, and volunteers from Code for DC. The collaborative worked to create an open source platform to place more accurate information in the hands of the decision-makers and advocates for affordable housing. The Housing Insights tool makes it easy to browse a list of all subsidized affordable housing in DC regardless of what subsidy program they are part of. And, it will connect to relevant outside data such as public transit, zoning, and neighborhood characteristics to make it easy to consider all the relevant factors when prioritizing and coordinating work. The session included time to garner additional feedback about improvements and further ideas for how it can be best deployed to preserve housing.

2nd Annual Community Development Week
October 2-6, 2017

CNHED produced the second annual Community Development Week, showcasing the activities and impact of our member organizations in creating a District where all residents can thrive. CD Week included a series of coordinated  and promoted activities across the span of the community development field.  Our highlights for the week:

  • The Council of the District of Columbia presented CNHED with a Resolution declaring the celebration of Community Development Week October 2 – 6, 2017.
  • SOME’s Center for Employment Trainingheld a “pop-in” event for the community to see the instructors and students in action.
  • Launched Housing Insights, a new housing preservation decision-making tool. (Read more detail below)
  • After a 10-month construction period where residents were temporarily relocated, Mi Casa proudly celebrated the return of members Kenyon House Family Cooperative to their “new” homes.
  • Open Arms Housing hosted a mural unveiling for residents, neighbors and community partners. The mural illustrates the perspective of women who have been chronically homeless.
  • Announced a partnership with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to help equip nonprofit developers to efficiently obtain permits and licensing for affordable housing and commercial development projects. CNHED and DCRA are jointly designing training and information sessions to kick off in early 2018.
  • Launched the Landlord Partnership Fund.
  • Held CNHED’s annual fundraiser and celebration with more than 200 guests, including several councilmembers, government officials, and luminaries of community development.

 

5th Annual Housing Co-op Clinic
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

CNHED partnered once again with Mi Casa Inc., the Latino Economic Development Center, Housing Counseling Services, with support from LISC and others for the 5th annual co-op clinic designed to increase capacity among limited equity co-op board members. Workshops topics include: managing your co-op board, communications, negotiating with and managing your management company maintenance and repairs, and refinancing improvements.

September Monthly Meeting: Community Development with a Racial Equity Lens
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, noon – 2:00 pm
Location: DCHFA (815 Florida Ave, NW)

CNHED hosted a discussion led by Yanique Redwood, Ph.D, President & CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation to explore ways in which CNHED and the community development field broadly can identify strategies to dismantle systemic racial barriers and inequity within the District, and skills and strategies for applying solutions now. Participants heard how utilizing tools such as the Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) can benefit our organizations in taking steps toward providing better social services, equitable affordable housing and dynamic business development.

DCAP Leadership Summit
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Location: Kaiser Center for Total Health

The event brought together top leadership from DC Anchor Partnership Anchor Members, including directors of procurement, construction, and government/community relations from each of the institutions with invited best-in-class institutions from other cities (including the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins Health System), contracted consultants, and members of the Advisory Board for DCAP. The event gave anchors the chance to learn from peers in the District and in other cities who have advanced local supplier diversity.

Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity
Thursday, July 27, 2017, noon – 2:00 pm
Location: DCHFA (815 Florida Ave, NW)

CNHED hosted the Washington Improv Theatre to for an engaging session using improvisational principles and skills to improve communication skills and spark organizational change and innovation in our organizations. Improv exercises strengthen listening and empathy skills, raise awareness of nonverbal dynamics, and give participants tactics to not only respect one’s impulses, but make the most of them.

Asset Building Policy Project Special Convening
July 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – Noon
Location: New America (740 15th St. NW, Ste 900)

CNHED, in partnership with Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB), convened a symposium for the release of the first briefing paper, An Introduction to Asset Building in the District of Columbia, for the DC Asset Building Policy Project. Attendees representing a cross-section of organizations learned about the project, came to a common definition of “asset building,” and heard a variety of ways that asset building is and can be incorporated into organizational efforts. Brandi McHale, the President of Citi Foundation and George Jones, Bread for the City, were guest panelists in a facilitated discussion on financial insecurity, racial inequality and asset building.

Passive House forum at Weinberg Commons
July 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Weinberg Commons (5010 Southern Avenue, SE)

The Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities and Housing Up hosted a tour of and discussion about Weinberg Commons, home to 24 low-income families and 12 formerly homeless families developed by Housing Up. It is the country’s first multifamily retrofit Passive House Institute Certified Project, meaning it adheres to the strictest energy efficiency standard recognized worldwide.

Homeownership Town Hall
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS (2427 MLK Ave. SE)

CNHED co-sponsored the homeowner town hall with Manna, Inc., bringing together current and prospective homeowners to learn, connect to resources, and advocate for programs and tools to make homeownership in DC affordable. Participants were able to speak with policy makers, learn how to advocate, find out about available homes and programs, and attend workshops on credit and home maintenance and energy efficiency. Topics that were covered included: credit building, home maintenance, legal estate planning, down payment assistance, DC property tax programs, advocacy and more. (100 attendees)

CNHED Training: Building Influence through Advocacy
CNHED offered a three-part training series to introduce and more thoroughly explore advocacy strategies particularly aimed at the small businesses, workforce development, and other economic development communities in the District.

Each participant was able to analyze their engagement in and through the lens of the “Advocacy Spectrum.” Participants also identified tactics to collectively build and influence change, and considered ways in which branding and campaigning can be more nimble and effective.

Session 3:  Thursday, August 28 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Impact Hub DC (419 7th Street, NW)

Session 2: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon at Incubator Location (Howard Univ.)

Session 1: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at CNHED office (727 15th St. NW)

10th Annual Tenant Town Hall
Saturday, May 13, 2017 11am – 2pm
Location: All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St, NW)

CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign co-sponsored with the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) at this year’s annual convening for renters from all across the District to fight for tenant rights and affordable housing. Participants was given the opportunity to hear from and speak directly with government agencies and get assistance from agency representatives and organizations that support tenants. Polly Donaldson (Director of DHCD), Attorney General, Vince Gray (CM) and others were in attendance.

DC IdeasFest
May 4-6, 2017
Location: Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW)

CNHED was a proud sponsor and a presenter for the inaugural DC IdeasFest, a dynamic conference with dozens of events, including workshops, performances, presentations and films, all focused on seeking solutions to the challenges all 21st century cities face now but with a specific focus on DC. President and CEO, Stephen Glaude was the introductory speaker for the event, joining with other influencers, activists, creators and innovators as they explored: how do we create an inclusive economy? How do we use arts and culture as a force for innovation? How do we prepare a new generation for the enormous challenges of sustainable energy, climate change, education, increasing globalization and urbanization?

Small Business Development Week
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Friday, May 5, 2017

During the first week of May 2017, CNHED produced the 2nd annual DC Small Biz Week, coordinating with multiple government agencies (DSLBD, DMPED and DCRA), small business support organizations, financial institutions and community lenders to execute and promote a variety of events throughout the week to encourage local patronage of small business, and promote resources available to them. As part of the week, CNHED orchestrated a cohort of volunteers to disperse throughout six of the District’s corridors to connect with small businesses to share information and resources available to them; the actions generated a social media storm that was picked up throughout the District.  Mayor Bowser signed a proclamation and the Council of the District of Columbia issued a resolution officially recognizing the first week of May as “Small Business Week” in the District.

DC Legacy Business Initiative Convening
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:00 am–11:30 am
Location Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (700 2nd St NE, DC)

CNHED served as a host and outreach coordinator for this seminar which focused on preserving locally-owned small businesses, by Citi Community Development and the Democracy at Work Institute, in collaboration with the National Urban League. These organizations are working across the country to help the small business community learn about preserving locally-owned small businesses.

April Monthly Meeting – DC FY 18 Budget Briefing
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: DC Housing Finance Agency (815 Florida Avenue, NW)

CNHED hosted its annual budget briefing presentation to learn details about the FY 18 budget and it’s proposed affect on the residents and programs we care about in DC.

We heard from District agency directors Polly Donaldson (DHCD) and Laura Zeilinger (DHS) and Ron McCoy, Housing Voucher Program Director (DCHA) about funding levels for & any changes in important programs like the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF); Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP); Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH); and Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP). Click to see the DCHD FY18 and the DHS FY18 budget presentations. See photos of the event.

Community Economic Development Advocacy Training 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8:30 – 11:00 am a
Location: CNHED (727 15th Street, NW, 8th floor)

CNHED hosted its first workshop in a three-part series “Building Influence Through Advocacy and Your Role In It” to help the District’s economic development community gear up for an active budget advocacy season, and consider ways in which our tactics– such as branding and campaigning– can be more nimble and effective. Attendees accomplished four goals in the training: (1) Identified tactics they can implement to collectively build and effectively strategize in order to influence change; (2) Analyzed their engagement in and through the “Advocacy Spectrum”; (3) Illustrated an effective advocacy model with an actual local advocacy initiative; and (4) Developed fresh ideas for and cultivated a greater interest in advocacy. Download training materials & handouts here. See photos of the event.

March Monthly Meeting –  Green DC: Opportunities for Affordable Housing, Small Business, and Workforce Development
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: PNC Bank Building (800 17th Street, NW)

CNHED explored options for District residents to consider in affordable housing, small business opportunities, and better paying jobs by planning, developing, and living “green.” Special guest presenters included Tommy Wells, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment; Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU); and Jeff Lesk, Partner, LEED AP & Office Managing Partner; and Herb Stevens, Partner & Chief Innovation Officer– both of Nixon Peabody. Click to view the presentations and see photos of the event.

Economic Mobility Series #1: the Role of CRA in Community Development
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:30 am
Location: Judiciary Square (441 4th St. NW)

CNHED partnered on this series of conversations about economic issues affecting DC’s individuals, families and communities and critical tools that can measurably improve financial well-being. Quarterly meetings will be held throughout 2017 to consider current research and best practices about financial access, new transaction products, and other tools for building wealth, aimed at developing a multi-faceted financial literacy and asset building collaboration in DC. Participants can expect robust discussions about cross-sector strategies that can contribute significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy.

Immigration Enforcement and Your Affordable Housing Development
Friday, March 10 2:00 pm
Location: CNHED (727 15th Street, NW, 8th floor)

In response to concerns from a number of CNHED members about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps at affordable housing developments, CNHED held a special briefing and dialogue with one of the area’s leading immigration lawyers. Gunther O. Sanabria, Esq., of Rodriguez & Sanabria, PLLC, spoke on immigration enforcement issues relevant to protecting the rights of tenants as well as the landlords/ owners of affordable housing. Participants were provided a review the rights of immigrants in federally-assisted or locally-assisted housing programs and what landlords/ owners can do to protect tenants while not opening themselves up to liability.

February Monthly Meeting: Effective Advocacy in Today’s District of Columbia

Thursday, February 16, 2017, noon – 2:00 pm
Location: DCHFA (815 Florida Ave. NW)

For the first monthly meeting of 2017, and with local budget advocacy season fast approaching– particularly given the new federal political landscape– CNHED offered a timely & compelling monthly meeting on effective advocacy in a challenging climate.

We had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Patrick Griffin, experienced advocate and academic director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. Dr. Griffin engaged CNHED members in a dialogue about the political climate and what strategies and tactics comprise a successful advocacy platform. With nearly 30 years of federal advocacy experience, he drew fascinating  parallels from his personal experience to local advocacy.

2016 Training Institute and Capacity Building Schedule

Planning for DC’s Future: a convening to learn and provide feedback on DC’s Comprehensive Plan
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 10 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (700 2nd St. NE)

CNHED, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, held a special convening on the District’s Comprehensive Plan. Participants heard an overview of the DC Comprehensive Plan from Tanya Stern, Deputy Director for Planning, Engagement and Design, DC Office of Planning. David Bowers, Vice President and Market Leader- Mid-Atlantic Market, Enterprise Community Partners, then moderated a panel discussion from a distinguished panel of experts on planning: Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD; Jalal “Jay” Greene, Division Chief, Housing Division, Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs; Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth; and Nancy MacWood, ANC Commissioner, ANC3C and Chair, The Committee of 100 for the Federal City. A facilitated brainstorming session took place after to devise Comprehensive Plan revision feedback and recommendations, which has been shared with the Office of Planning. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation and notes.

Housing Co-op Clinic 
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Next Step Public Charter School (3047 15th St. NW)

CNHED, with Mi Casa Inc., the Latino Economic Development Center, Housing Counseling Services, and others held this 4th annual co-op clinic designed to increase capacity among limited equity co-op board members. Workshops topics included: conflict management, communications; management agreements, maintenance and repairs, and negotiating with and managing your management company.

1st Annual Community Development Week
October 10-14, 2016

CNHED hosted its first annual Community Development week, showcasing the activities and impact of our member organizations in creating a District where all residents can thrive. CD week included a series of coordinated activities across the span of membership of CNHED as well as with our government partners and supporters. Activities included: a proclamation by the Mayor; a resolution by the Council of the District of Columbia; ground-breakings or grand openings of four affordable housing developments and a small businesses technical assistance site; launch of a new business loan product; launch of the online [affordable housing] Preservation Catalog; and appearances on two radio shows. It also included the release of two publications: CNHED’s policy brief: Ending Homelessness through the DC Continuum of Housing and LISC’s Preservation Works: LISC DC’s Role in Preserving Quality Affordable Housing. CNHED’s annual special event was held during this week as well, leveraging the attention of the week’s activities. CD week was about promotion for the field, but there was a distinct element of education of public officials as well as the general population.

Social Media for Your Organization Workshop (SoMe)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:30 am – Noon
Location: CNHED, 727 15th Street, NW, Suite 800

CNHED partnered with Social Rise, a nascent nonprofit seeking to “bridge the digital divide through social media inclusion for underserved communities” to present an interactive social media workshop to prepare organizations to participate in Community Development Week using a variety of social media marketing platforms. Topics covered: (1) choosing the right social network for different projects, (2) creating a framework for your social media strategy or brand, (3) converting “followers” into “action-takers” with your posts; and more.

Workforce Development and Community Development [monthly meeting]
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: DCHFA (815 Florida Ave. NW)

CNHED hosted Odie Donald, Executive Director of the DC Workforce Investment Council (WIC) who gave a detailed presentation about the District’s workforce system under its new Unified Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) State Plan. Participants also learned about and discussed the role of the WIC, its intersection with DOES and other government agencies; how the workforce system will help to eliminate barriers to employment for residents; what some of the high growth industries are that support career pathways with living wages; how training programs would be supported to scale up; how the workforce system can intersect with affordable housing, and how the workforce plan aims to strengthen and create partnership opportunities for local businesses. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program
Mondays, September 12 through November 14 (ten weeks) at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road, SE)

CNHED, sponsored by DSLBD, presented the FastTrac® NewVenture™ program, a 30-hour course (presented over a ten-week period) to help support aspiring entrepreneurs who have an idea, but need a plan and framework to successfully start a business. The program was structured in an interactive, group-oriented environment where participants are encouraged to network with one another to bolster their business ideas.

DC Office of Planning and the Consolidated Plan [monthly meeting]
Wednesday, July 28, 2016 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: PNC Bank (800 17th St. NW, 12th floor)
CNHED hosted the Director of the Office of Planning, Eric D. Shaw, as he began the community engagement process for revising the District’s Comprehensive Plan. Over the next year, the Office of Planning will ask community members to provide input on revising the Plan, and ultimately the future of the District’s development and neighborhoods. Changes to the Plan will impact housing, commercial corridors, large scale economic development, the District’s density, zoning, public spaces and the arts, environment, transportation, and more.  Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

Economic Inclusion Series: Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Location: R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center (2730 MLK Jr. Ave. SE)
CNHED again partnered with Capital Area Asset Builders, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and others on this series of conversations about economic issues affecting DC’s individuals, families and communities and critical tools that can measurably improve financial well-being. Three meetings were held throughout 2016 to consider current research and best practices about financial access, new transaction products, and other tools for building wealth, aimed at developing a multi-faceted financial literacy and asset building collaboration in DC. Participants discussed cross-sector strategies that can contribute significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy.

Session # 1: Managing Personal Debt
Session # 2: Small Business and Entrepreneurship – Pathways to Success
Session # 3: Workforce Development as a Tool for Financial Empowerment

Racial Justice and Community Development [monthly meeting]
Thursday, June 23, 2016 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: DCHFA (815 Florida Ave. NW)
This meeting highlighted the intersection of racial justice and community development, with a special presentation from the Philadelphia Association of CDCs (PACDC). Participants learned how PACDC has integrated racial justice into their policy framework, and how that has shaped their strategies to capitalize on the city’s growth in a way that is equitable and inclusive of all its residents in all of their neighborhoods. Participants explored practical strategies for the District of Columbia to tackle racial justice issues within our own organizations and in the broader community. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

Management Company Round-table Discussion
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: TBD
In partnership with Mi Casa’s Co-op Academy training, CNHED’s Tenant Purchase Working Group hosted a round-table discussion with co-op leaders and management companies to identify challenges in their working relationships and propose steps forward to address those challenges.

DC FY 17 Budget Briefing [monthly meeting]
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: DCHFA (815 Florida Ave. NW)
CNHED hosted a briefing on Mayor Bowser’s proposed FY17 budget, reviewing funding levels and changes in important programs such as the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF); Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP); Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH); Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP); Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA); and Great Streets. Our presenters included top-level administration officials Polly Donaldson, DHCD Director; Adrianne Todman, DCHA Executive Director; Laura Zeilinger, DHS Director; and others.

Click to see the PowerPoint presentations shared from each agency represented.

Urban Revitalization Bus Tour at NCRC’s 2016 Annual Conference
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Capital Hilton Hotel (1001 16th St. NW)

CNHED co-hosted an interactive bus tour with NCRC, Jubilee Housing, Inc., and Manna, Inc. for NCRC’s national conference attendees. The tour showcased DC’s thriving corridors that links past, present and future revitalization efforts throughout the city. Participants witnessed the benefits of advocacy, including small business development, the preservation of affordable and historic housing, sustainable revitalization, community development and CNHED’s efforts to grow a $100 million annual Housing Production Trust Fund.

 

Housing Advocacy Training

Wednesdays: March 16, 23, 30 and April 6; and Thursdays: March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 from 6:00- 8:00 pm

CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign partnered with the Latino Economic Development Center and SOME, Inc. to produce a training series (once a week for four weeks) for residents who want to gain skills to become a better advocate for affordable housing. Each week, the training focused on a new area of how to speak out and tell a compelling story. Participants learned about DC’s budget process and the elected officials and their roles; practice writing and giving testimony; and meet other advocates.

Financing Building Improvements with DC PACE [monthly meeting]
Thursday, February 25 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Impact Hub (419 7th St. NW)
CNHED’s Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities partnered with Urban Ingenuity, the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), CivicPACE, and the Solar Foundation to host a session focused on Financing Building Improvements with DC PACE, a unique program for organizations to finance 100% of project costs, including design, engineering, and legal fees, and available at terms of 20 years or longer for most commercial and multifamily properties in the District, including nonprofit organizations. Participants heard cases studies of closed projects, and projects in development, to explain specific benefits of using PACE for affordable housing and neighborhood development. Presenters included Dr. Taresa Lawrence, DOEE; Bracken Hendricks & Ian Fischer, DC PACE & Urban Ingenuity; Daron Coates, ThinkBox Group, LLC; Danielle Hammann, Enterprise Community Loan Fund; Tom Nida, United Bank; and Jonathan Pike, Nextility.

Click to see the PowerPoint presentations.

SBTA Training: Designing Effective Workshops for Your Small Business Clients
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Center for Community Change (1536 U St. NW)
CNHED’s Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) Working Group hosted this training opportunity geared for organizations providing technical assistance to small businesses, as well as those others facilitating trainings and workshops. Facilitated by Greg Roth of GRCreative and Shara Gibson of DSLBD, the Department of SMall and Local Business Development, the training introduced participants to alternate methods and tools to facilitate an interactive learning experience for adults.

Leading Change – Advocacy That Works [monthly meeting]
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: True Reformer Building (1200 U St. NW)

For the first monthly meeting of 2016, CNHED partnered with the Center for Community Change to take an in-depth look at how effective advocacy leads to change. CNHED officially launched the interactive Housing For All Case study Vision to Action: How CNHED’s Housing For All Campaign Led Washington, DC from Drastic Cuts to Momentous Investments in Affordable Housing. Participants explored strategies and tactics that worked, how they could be applied to other campaigns, and what it meant for building equitable communities in the District.

2015 Training Institute and Capacity Building Schedule

Economic Inclusion #4: A Call to Action
Thursday, November 10, 2015 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: RISE Demonstration Center

The fourth and final in a series of conversations about economic issues affecting DC’s individuals, families and communities. Participants reviewed and discussed research and best practices that address financial capability, economic inclusion, and wealth creation – with a focus on constructing a work plan for 2016.

Universal Paid Leave & Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative [monthly meeting]
Thursday, November 19, 2015 at noon – 2:00 pm
Location: District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (815 Florida Ave, NW)

CNHED held an interactive discussion on two proposals that may impact DC residents and our community development field. The first was DC’s Universal Paid Leave legislation, presented by At-Large DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman. She and Councilmember Grosso led five other councilmembers in introducing the DC Paid Family Leave legislation. The second was the $15 minimum wage ballot initiative, presented by Delvone Michael, Director of the Washington, DC chapter of Working Families. Participants heard about and discussed potential costs to employers, effects on small businesses and NPOs and how the proposals compare to what’s happening around the country.

DC Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Summit
Thursday, November 13, 2015  8:00 am- 3:00 pm
Location: RISE Demonstration Center

CNHED participated on the planning team for this day-long summit designed to gather input for the District’s Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan for workforce development. The Planning team also included Dc Workforce Investment Council, the DC Dept. of Employment Services, DC Appleseed, DC Association of Youth Advocates, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, DC Adult & Family Literacy Council, and was sponsored by the Community Foundation. Participants at the Summit, including government, business, and community leaders, learn about policy challenges and opportunities within WIOA and committed to shared strategies to move all District residents toward family-sustaining employment.

DC Co-op Clinic: Tools for Better Management

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Next Step Public Charter School (3047 15th Street, NW)

CNHED hosted the third annual Coop Clinic, designed to increase capacity among limited equity co-op board members. Co-sponsors included Mi Casa, Inc., Latino Economic Development Center, City First Enterprises, NHT/ Institute for Community Economics and Housing Counseling Services. Participants attended focused sessions on topics such as Co-op Finances and Budgets, Planning for Renovations and Capital Improvements, and Managing Your Management Company. Participants also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with lawyers, developers and other professionals to begin to address their individual co-op needs. Bad weather depressed attendance this year, but there was still a lively and engaged crowd.

The District’s Tools for Homeless District Residents: Housing, Jobs & Services –  Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Mass. Ave, NW)

CNHED hosted a briefing and discussion on District’s programs and initiatives designed to connect homeless residents to housing, services and jobs. Our panel of experts included Kristy Greenwalt, Director of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH), and Candace Nelson, Program Manager: Service Quality, Performance and Continuous Improvement, DC Department of Employment Services (DOES). Participants heard an overview of the ICH plan and what agencies are doing to meet the goals of eliminating chronic homelessness and making homelessness “rare, brief & non-recurring” as well as program changes expected to occur in Fiscal Year 2016 to meet the goals. Robust discussion followed the presentations and organizations made cross-sector (housing – service -workforce) connections with one another and with District agencies.

Economic Inclusion #3: Being Unbanked/Underbanked
What is it and how does it impact DC communities?

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 8:30 am-1:00 pm, includes networking lunch
Location: The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center  (730 MLK Jr. Ave, SE)

The third in a series of conversations about economic issues affecting DC’s individuals, families and communities and critical tools that can measurably improve financial well-being. Like our at-capacity and lively first two meetings in February and May on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Credit-Building Initiatives, this meeting covered current research and best practices.

This session focused on exploring what it is to be unbanked or underbanked, how it impacts low- and moderate-income individuals and explored ways to address this issue in the District of Columbia. Participants discussed cross-sector strategies that contributed significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy. Speakers included Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress; Michael Morris, National Disability Institute; Andrea Ambriz, US Treasury Department; Joyce Northwood, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Dave Beck, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; and representatives of DC-based nonprofit organizations who are working on addressing the needs of unbanked/underbanked DC residents.

Water and Your Multi-family Building: Saving Money through Conservation and Stormwater Management
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:30 am – 3:00 pm — New date!
Location: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Mass. Ave, NW)

CNHED hosted a two-part training on water issues, driven by changes to the DC Code and new resources to help properties save money and protect the environment. In the morning session on water conservation, participants learned how to save water and money through small upgrades to multifamily buildings and where to get more assistance from field experts. They heard practitioner success stories and learned ways to improve water-related issues in your buildings. In the afternoon session on storm water management, participants heard an overview of combined vs. separate sewer overflows, and recommendations and progress on DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project. The also learned more about District Department of Energy & Environment’s RiverSmart programs and possible ways to finance projects. The training featured panelists: Jared long, Sustainable Development Manager, National Housing Trust; Jogchum Poodt, Account Manager for Multifamily Residential Properties, DC Sustainable Energy Utility; and Michael Santiago, Director for Multifamily Energy Solutions, greeNEWit.

2015 Green Communities Criteria: An Introduction 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00 am-noon pm
Location: DCSEU (80 M St. SE #310)

Released in April of this year, the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria reflect ambitious yet achievable green guidelines for affordable housing developments. In this workshop, participants were introduced to the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and Certification process, identified how to successfully address critical details of this Criteria in their own development projects, and explored connections between green building practices and improved building. This was a timely workshop given that DHCD’s summer 2015 Consolidated RFP references the 2015 Criteria. Featured presenter was Krista Egger, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Green Communities.

Economic Inclusion #2: Building Credit
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9:30 am-1:00 pm
Location: The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center  (730 MLK Jr. Ave, SE)

The second in a series of conversations about economic issues affecting DC’s individuals, families and communities and critical tools that can measurably improve financial well-being. Like our at-capacity and lively first meeting in February, this meeting covered current research and best practices. This session focused on proven and emerging strategies to help consumers build credit and increase acceptance of alternative approaches to credit-building. Participants discussed cross-sector credit strategies that contributed significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy. Brought in partnership with the Capital Area Asset Builders and six additional partners.

No Monthly Meeting in May — Join us for Advocacy Day
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 am-noon
Location:  John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW)

Small Business Technical Assistance Best Practice Panel Series: Building Lasting Small Business Client Relationships 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Location:  YMCA Anthony Bowen (1325 W Street, NW)

CNHED’s Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) Working Group hosted the second session in its best practices series providing opportunities for small business development practitioners to learn from each other and improve technical assistance service delivery. The session featured a practitioner roundtable discussion on client relationship building, with practitioners sharing their insights and strategies to establish solid relationships with their clients to maximize their small business goals. As part of this engaging dialogue, practitioners discussed setting getting ground rules and benchmarks with their small business client to reach their goals in a timely manner and tips on when it’s time to end the relationship.

AirBnB in the District 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Location:  CNHED

CNHED partnered with Local Unite Here 25 on this unique discussion exploring the opportunities and challenges that doing business in the sharing economy brings to the District of Columbia. Specifically, the conversation focused on the potential loss of affordable housing as resident entrepreneurs lease multiple apartments in order to rent them to Airbnb customers.

DC FY 2016 Budget Briefing [monthly meeting]
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Location: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Mass. Ave, NW)

CNHED hosted a briefing on the Mayor Bowser’s proposed FY16 budget, dissecting funding levels and changes in important programs such as the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF); Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP); Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH); Local Rent Supplement Program (LRSP); Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA); and Great Streets. Panelists included: Polly Donaldson, Department of Housing and Community Development Director; Adrienne Todman, Housing Authority Director; Laura Zeilinger, DC Department of Human Services Director; Karima Woods, Deputy Director of Business Development & Strategy, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development Budget Overview.

People & Places 2015 Community Conference
March 4-6, 2015
Location: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (400 7th Street, SW)

CNHED was local host for this national conference convened to connect and inspire four organizational networks: the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and the National Urban League. In addition to serving on two workshop panels and providing local entertainment, CNHED developed three tours showcasing the “real” Washington, D.C. 1) Main Streets and Small Business; 2) East of the River; 3) Housing Production Trust Fund. Due to a major snowstorm that hit the area, the tours were converted to virtual tours / discussions in the hotel.

Release: A Strategy for Preserving Affordable Housing in the District [monthly meeting]
Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Location: District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (815 Florida Ave, NW)

CNHED and NeighborhoodInfo DC, as co-conveners of the DC Preservation Network (DCPN), presented on their recently completed report Maintaining Economic Diversity and Affordability: A Strategy for Preserving Affordable Rental Housing in the District of Columbia. A panel from DCPN’s Preservation Strategy Working Group, which developed the report, discussed the strategies and implications for affordable housing in DC.

CRA for Community Based Organizations 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Location: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (400 7th Street, SW)

The ¾ day workshop provided current information and basic training on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and explored practical strategies for creating successful partnerships between community-based organizations and financial institutions. In addition to an overview of CRA and the examination process, it included a discussion on the essentials of partnerships; examples of effective partnerships between financial institutions and community-based organizations; and a panel of financial institution representatives who discussed what they look for when developing partnerships with community-based organizations. In partnership with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Economic Inclusion: Maximizing the Power of the EITC
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:30 am-1:00 pm
Location: The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center  (730 MLK Jr. Ave, SE)

The first in a series of conversations about economic issues affecting DC’s individuals, families and communities and critical tools that can measurably improve financial well-being. In this first session, Kartik Athreya, group vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, discussed his recent research on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), with a focus on EITC use in DC. CNHED partnered with Bank on DC; Capital Area Asset Builders; Office of the Comptroller of Currency; DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Small Business Technical Assistance Best Practice Panel Series: Exploring the Onboarding Process from Intake to Assessment 
Thursday, February 11, 2015  at 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Location:  YMCA Anthony Bowen (1325 W Street, NW)

CNHED’s Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) Working Group hosted a best practices series providing opportunities for small business development practitioners to come together to learn from each other and share information to improve technical assistance service delivery. The first in the series was a panel discussion about the onboarding process of three SBTA provider organizations from intake, collection of client information to assessment. Participants also gleaned insights about best practices of a housing counseling practitioner’s intake and assessment process to see what we can learn for others in the community development field.

Pairing Historic Tax Credits with Low Income Housing Tax Credits 
Thursday, January 27, 2015  at 8:30 am- 1:00 pm
Location: House of Lebanon Community Room (27 O Street, NW)

The D.C. Office of Planning and CNHED partnered on this unique seminar presented to CNHED members and other interested parties. This seminar assisted housing developers better understand the supply of historic stock in the District of Columbia, helped to navigate the historic tax credit program, and highlighted the challenges and benefits gained from pairing historic rehabilitation tax credits with low-income housing tax credits. Presented at the House of Lebanon, former home to the Margaret Murray Washington School that was converted to an affordable senior housing building.

Mix It Up with DC Councilmembers [monthly meeting]
Thursday, January 22, 2015  at 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Location:  City Club of Washington (555 13th Street, NW)

CNHED hosted a mixer for members to get to know the new Councilmembers Elissa Silverman and Charles Allen; Councilmember Nadeau sent regrets as she was out of town. New Council Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development Anita Bonds also attended.
— See the photos from the event

 

 

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