Community Development Support Collaborative

Now in its 17th successful year, the Community Development Support Collaborative (“Collaborative”) is a consortium of 23 national and Metropolitan Washington-based foundations, corporations, and financial institutions that since 1992 has invested over $16 million in capacity building and technical assistance grants to 23 neighborhood-based community development corporations (CDCs) and nonprofit housing developers throughout the District of Columbia.

A project of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Collaborative is managed by LISC. In the current phase, which runs from 2009 to 2011, the Collaborative is funding nonprofit organizations to meet the following goals:

1. Develop and preserve affordable housing;

In 2010, the Collaborative provided grant support to:
• Manna
• Mi Casa
• DC Habitat for Humanity
• Transitional Housing Corporation
• So Others Might Eat (SOME)

As a result, 119 units have been completed, sold, or leased up, 383 units are in construction and 694 units are in the predevelopment phase.

2. Provide technical assistance to resident led low income cooperatives and condo associations in the areas of governance, asset management and property management;

In 2010, the Collaborative provided grants to:
• Harrison Institute – Georgetown University
• Latino Economic Development Corporation
• Housing Counseling Services

These 3 non profit organizations are currently providing a range of technical assistance and training to 15 cooperatives containing 890 units. The majority of the capacity building work is focused on governance and asset management.

3. Strengthen the overall affordable housing environment in Washington, DC to ensure an appropriate and adequate supply of public financing through staff training and public policy advocacy.

In 2010, the Collaborative provided grant support to the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development in support of their advocacy and training efforts.