Grantmakers working for affordable housing (CDSC Update)

CDSC - Congress Heights

In December 2007, the Community Development Support Collaborative (CDSC), a funding project of Washington Grantmakers, approved $664,000 in grants to its nonprofit partners – a group of effective housing developers and technical assistance providers.  Collectively these nonprofits are engaged in the purchase, rehabilitation and management of over 1600 units of housing for low- and moderate-income residents of Washington, D.C.  Many of the residents who benefit from this very affordable yet high quality housing earn less than $30,000 a year. 

The Community Development Support Collaborative currently has 26 funding partners and has been providing operating support and capacity building grants to non profit organizations engaged in neighborhood revitalization and preservation for the past 15 years. 

One of the recently completed projects is a 12 unit building (pictured above) in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  This property was developed and is now managed by So Others Might Eat (SOME). The facility combines high quality rental housing with a range of supportive services for recently homeless families.  

See also:

  • “Housing’s Helping Hands: Charities Strive to Make Washington More Affordable” – a December Washington Post article on affordable housing mentioning CDSC nonprofit partners: Manna Inc., Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, and SOME. It’s about the experience of a DC family moving into a duplex built by Manna volunteers. Look for quotes from Ken Ellison–housing advisor for SOME, George Rothman–president of Manna, and Angela Copeland–director of communications and resource development–all individuals with whom the CDSC works very closely. 
  • CDSC website –