Guiding Principle

We are stewards of inclusiveness, justice, and equity in all that we do.


CNHED advances community economic development solutions that address the inequity of under-resourced communities in the District of Columbia.

Who we are

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development is a dynamic 501(c)3 nonprofit that advances equitable community economic development solutions in the District of Columbia. Our holistic systems-change approach encompasses community-informed budget and policy advocacy, data-driven thought leadership, and needs-based programmatic initiatives in the areas of Housing and Homelessness, Workforce Development, and Small and Minority-owned Business Ecosystem Building.

Since its inception in 2000, CNHED has grown from 55 organizations to nearly 180 today. CNHED’s strength is in its convening power, highly successful advocacy, robust communications, and information sharing, and equipping its members with tools and resources for their work. CNHED’s organizational members include nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing developers, housing counseling and service agencies, community economic development organizations, workforce and business development entities, lenders, intermediaries, and government agencies.

Organizational Pillars

The foundation that guides the work that we do.


Bring together diverse groups to partner, learn, collaborate, and establish organizational priorities.


Provide organizational members with the support, knowledge, and tools needed for success.


Establish resiliency throughout community economic development organizations and the communities they serve.


Educate stakeholders around community economic development issues and recommend innovative solutions to decision-makers.


Develop new approaches, policies, or programs that address community economic development issues.

Operational Approaches

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