United Way NCA Awards $150K to Support Affordable Housing Preservation and Advocacy Collaboratives
United Way of the National Capital Area announced that it has awarded a total of $150,000 in designated affordable housing funds for the development of two place-based collaboratives to advocate on behalf of affordable housing rights in communities slated for new development and redevelopment.
A grant of $75,000 was awarded to Montgomery Housing Partnership for the development and implementation of an affordable housing rights collaborative focusing on the Long Branch sections of Silver Spring and Takoma Park, MD. And a second $75,000 grant was awarded to the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) for its affordable Housing Preservation Project focusing on the Georgia Avenue corridor in Washington, DC.
Specifically, the Purple Line/Long Branch affordable housing rights collaborative will conduct grassroots organizing, tenant education, leadership development, campaign management, and policy advocacy around preserving affordable housing in the culturally diverse Long Branch sections of Silver Spring and Takoma Park, MD near the planned Purple Line. Several nonprofit organizations will have a role in the outreach.
The CNHED’s Affordable Housing Preservation Project emphasizes support for tenants organizing to preserve affordable housing in the redeveloping Georgia Avenue corridor. The focus of the grant-funded project is on all housing within a three block radius of Georgia Avenue between New Hampshire NW north to the border with Maryland.
“Until now, our region was void of any one group that advocates in a sufficiently authoritative way on behalf of affordable housing rights,” said United Way NCA President and CEO Bill Hanbury. “These two collaboratives will stand as vital counter-weights to the forces generated by commercial development and large-scale public improvements, including those having to do with large-scale mass transit systems, and serve as models for other communities and development projects.”