CNHED Selected as one of Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers

December 13, 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) was selected by Citi Foundation as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers initiative, which supports visionary organizations across the U.S. that are working to connect low-income communities and communities of color to greater social and economic opportunity. As a Community Progress Maker, CNHED will receive a multi-year, unrestricted grant of $500,000 and access to technical assistance and a supportive learning community from 2022 – 2023.

Through Citi Foundation’s support, CNHED will integrate the issues of affordable housing and homelessness, workforce development, digital equity, small and minority-owned ecosystem building, and community engagement to provide targeted, thoughtful solutions that work to create equitable economic development and mobility for BIPOC residents. Unrestricted funding such as this is vital to the CNHED, as it allows leadership to strategically allocate resources across the organization based not on program, but rather on need and level of impact.

“We are thrilled to share that CNHED was named as one of Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers! It’s a privilege to work alongside our fellow grantees in connecting low-income communities & communities of color to greater social & economic opportunity in the U.S.

- Phil Hecht, CNHED Board Chair and President of CNHED member Housing Up

Since the pandemic, CNHED has increasingly been asked to serve in greater ways, creating greater demands on organizational infrastructure and capacity. This funding from Citi Foundation will strengthen our ability to serve the ecosystem of CNHED members and the wider field committed to under-resourced BIPOC communities, strengthening impact and outcomes.

- Stephen Glaude, CNHED President & CEO

The newest cohort of Community Progress Makers includes 50 leading nonprofit organizations selected through a competitive Request for Proposals process, with a strong track record of supporting underserved communities across six U.S. cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C. The Citi Foundation will provide a supportive learning community through which grantees can connect to share best practices and strengthen their work as social change agents. Technical assistance will also be provided by the Urban Institute to help measure the cohort’s impact and progress.

Six years ago, the Citi Foundation launched Community Progress Makers with a vision of empowering community leaders to grow their transformative impact through unrestricted, trust-based funding. This kind of approach and support is more important than ever as the U.S. continues to address the root causes and impacts of income and wealth inequality. Through the Community Progress Makers initiative, these social innovators and advocates can continue to look for new ways of addressing long-standing societal challenges at scale.

- Brandee McHale, Head of Community Investing and Development and President of the Citi Foundation

From 2015 to 2019, the Citi Foundation has provided $40 million in multi-year, unrestricted funding to 72 Community Progress Makers, helping to place over 45,000 people in affordable housing, train over 33,000 people for employment, save over $10 million in energy costs, and expand over 12,000 small businesses.

Below is a full list of 2021 Community Progress Makers:


Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago
Proviso Leyden Council For Community Action, Inc.
Urban Growers Collective
Working Credit

Los Angeles

A Place Called Home
Central City Neighborhood Partners
Clifford Beers Housing
Enterprise Community Partners
Little Tokyo Service Center
PARS Equality Center Los Angeles
Puente Learning Center
Vermont Slauson Local Development Corporation


aire ventures
Community Justice Project
Health Foundation of South Florida
Miami Workers Center
Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Solar and Energy Loan Fund, Inc. (SELF)
YWCA of Greater Miami Dade

New York City

America on Tech
Ariva, Inc
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Bridge Street Development Corporation
Community League of the Heights
El Puente
Fifth Avenue Committee
Habitat for Humanity of New York City and Westchester County
Harlem Stage
Korean-American Community Foundation
Solar One
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBro)
The Knowledge House
YMCA of Greater New York

San Francisco Bay Area

Centro Community Partners (Centro)
Chinatown Community Development Center
Community Housing Development Corporation
Homeless Children’s Network
Juma Ventures
Old Skool Café
Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services
Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

Washington, D.C.

ACT for Alexandria, A Community Foundation
Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
Homefree USA
La Cocina VA
Tzedek DC
United Way or National Capital Area

For more information about Community Progress Makers, please visit:

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant communities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit

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