COVID-19 Response & Recovery


Throughout 2020, 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


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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 Resource Repository
  • Providing Live Webinars and Email Blasts on Federal & Local Relief Efforts

  • Matching 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
Meeting Immediate Needs
  • Donated 1,000+ Meals to Local Hospitals and Front-Line Workers (more to come)
  • Launched Protect with Purpose Initiative, Donating Masks to Vulnerable Communities in the District

Protect with Purpose

Protect with Purpose is an innovative community manufacturing project collaborating with DC textile workers of color to produce needed cloth masks for residents, organizations, and institutions serving our community. The effort is being led by the DC Fashion Foundation (DCFF) and the House of Clyopatra Foundation, in partnership with the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED). Masks produced adheres to highest quality standards, developed based on CDC recommendations for face coverings, and offers creative designs, while helping protect and create good jobs for our community.

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Resource Repository

There is an abundance of information surrounding COVID-19 at any given time shared via email, social media, in the paper and on TV. So much so, that it can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. We thought it would be most helpful to create a repository of information that is regularly updated.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Loan advance of up to $10,000 to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. 

This program provides forgivable loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Individual mortgage payment relief requests due to COVID-19 for DHCD loans can be obtained by contacting or 1-800-943-1988 extension 1214. The loan servicer will guide the borrower through a short application for hardship relief.

This program provides working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help qualified small businesses and private nonprofit organizations overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

A place for resident services practitioners and those directly working to meet resident needs to access and share useful resources and templates.

A quick guide by HUD for Multifamily Housing owners during the COVID-19 crisis.

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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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