The Community Voices Academy (CVA) provides a space for low-to-moderate-income (LMI) Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who have lived experience to obtain tools,training, and resources that will assist them in conveying their perspectives and achieving their policy and advocacy goals. The CVA works in partnership with CNHED’s public policy team in developing solutions, budget recommendations, and tackling other issues facing the community development field.
The CVA serves as a vital liaison between CNHED, our members, and the residents most impacted by the District’s budget and policy choices surrounding affordable housing and community economic development. As trusted advocates within their communities, CVA members are able to cultivate, motivate, and engage their neighbors to take action on issues that impact them the most. CNHED takes pride in our partnership with residents and community leaders and is committed to directly integrating their voices into our organizational and policy decision-making process.
Community Voices Academy Alumni Samuel Buggs welcomes WUSA9 into his home to talk more about DC’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) and its role in preserving affordable housing for District residents.
RECRUITING FIRST-HAND PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES
For over 10 years, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) has partnered with District residents with lived experiences. This partnership is an integral part of guiding our grassroots advocacy and works to educate and empower community networks to advocate for themselves and their neighbors.
The CVA is the core of CNHED’s commitment to engaging LMI BIPOC communities directly, helping to build trust within communities, and serve as a liaison between BIPOC residents, member organizations, and the District government.
Participate in a custom curriculum within our Training Institute designed to inform, empower, and support CVA members throughout the year
Provide insight on priorities and testify during public hearings on issues important to you
Collaborate with public officials, local groups, and CNHED in developing solutions to community economic development inequity
Include the voices of LMI BIPOC residents with lived experience in CNHED’s development of legislative, regulatory, budgetary, and policy advocacy
Provide CVA members with advocacy training and access to experts, resources, and policymakers to help them tackle housing and economic development issues in their communities
Ready to Apply?
The Community Voices Academy accepts applications starting in July of each year. Working group members are expected to serve for 10 months, from September through June, and will be compensated for their time. Please be sure to review the eligibility requirements and expectations of working group members before applying.