History & Impact


CNHED has a vision for the District of Columbia to be a model for housing affordability and inclusive economic development that is supported by public and private resources. CNHED was formed as the result of the merger of two organizations, the Coalition of Nonprofit Housing Developers and Coalition of Economic Development Organizations, because of the notable overlap in membership. Affordable housing is a critical piece of inclusive economic development, and inclusive economic development makes affordable housing projects and the neighborhoods in which they are located stable and successful. CNHED focuses its activities through this lens.


An Avenue for Advocacy

CNHED conducts public education and advocacy in a number of ways, including participating in public hearings, researching relevant issues, engaging in community mobilization through advocacy campaigns and meeting with city officials. Members of CNHED receive information about current issues affecting the community development sector and have an opportunity to participate in advocacy on a number of different levels.

High Quality Training

The mission of the CNHED Capacity Building Institute is to provide high quality training at an affordable price to help sharpen the skills of the community development industry in the DC metro area. In existence since 1999, The Institute has truly found its niche with the customization of a number of courses each year specific to the DC marketplace. The purpose of these tailored courses is to train our members on how things “really work” in the District of Columbia.

CNHED Research

CNHED works with advocates and Coalition members to:

Determine research needs related to affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization in the District of Columbia

Perform research within a relatively short time frame

Amplify research results available by disseminating reports to our members, other advocates, city officials, the media and others


CNHED maintains a constant flow of information to its members and the general public. Our weekly newsletter “The FYI,” updates members about CNHED activities, Council sessions, funding availability, and other announcements of interest to the membership. Additionally, we host monthly meetings and working sessions that keep us in touch with our members and the issues that are important to them. This constant flow of information helps us to remain an industry-wide “first-source” for information.

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