Recovery & Resiliency

Over the past several months, we have faced an unprecedented public health crisis that has drastically impacted our work, the work of our members, and the communities we work to serve. Despite our new landscape constantly changing, and the future still uncertain, CNHED is committed to ensuring our stakeholders – members and DC’s under-resourced communities – have the support they need as they battle the numerous challenges brought on by COVID-19 as well as emerge from this with stronger strategies of how to work and serve. We know it’s not enough, but to-date, we’ve been able to:

Policy Advocacy

  • Joined ReOpen DC Advisory Board to Advocate for Equity in Recovery
  • Obtained Residential Coverage for Mortgage Forbearance from DC Council
  • Conducting on-going Impact Surveys on Affordable Housing Rent Losses

Resource Sharing

  • Maintaining a COVID19 Resources Portal on our Website
  • Providing Live Webinars and Email Blasts on Federal Relief Efforts

Meeting Immediate Needs

  • Donated 1,000+ Meals to Local Hospitals and Front-Line Workers (more to come)
  • Donating 1,500+ Masks to Low-Income Residents and Housing Providers


  • Matched Local Hospitals with 40+ Vetted Minority-Owned Businesses for COVID Response to provide supplies, services, and catering
  • Donated $5,000 to Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID Emergency Fund


How long we will be operating in this socially-distant, virtual environment is uncertain. However, what is clear is CNHED’s dedication to finding solutions that promote not only recovery, but also longer-term sustainability and resiliency within our membership and DC’s community development sector. Looking ahead, we plan to be a definitive resource to the housing, workforce, and small business fields to help restore but also innovate from the conditions faced and the lessons learned. And finally, we plan regularly survey our members and community to provide local government with the priorities and hard-data needed to make effective and equitable policy decisions.

As we continue brainstorm these solutions, we remind ourselves that none of this work – what we’ve done in response and what we’re preparing to do for recovery – would be possible without our generous sponsors and supporters. We are incredibly grateful that we are able to conduct much of CNHED’s work from our homes, and we realize that is not the case for every organization. As our new landscape continues to unfold, CNHED is committed to ensuring that the communities we serve continue to receive the resources they need.

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