HAND Media Room

Recognized as the largest community development and affordable housing coalition in the region, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) has worked for over 25 years to support member efforts in establishing housing equity and supportive services for in-need families and households throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Read more about HAND.

Media Room

If you are a member of the media, or simply someone who wants to know what’s going on in your area, HAND is a valuable resource to all who are interested in understanding community development dynamics in our region.

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HAND members are inspiring and informative. Read our Member Spotlights and keep up-to-date on vital issues impacting our region with [email protected], our thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise & Bellwether Enterprise of Lisa Sturtevant & Associates, LLC.

As part of our ongoing commitment To provide the necessary tools to help create and sustain thriving communities in the Washington, DC region, we are pleased to present Matters@HAND, a 12-part thought leadership series sponsored by Enterprise & Bellwether Enterprise and written by leading research and policy expert Dr. Lisa Sturtevant of Lisa Sturtevant & Associates, llc.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under an award with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of HUD.

Same celebration, new name.
The HAND Annual Meeting is now HAND Honors. We can’t wait to celebrate you!

Continuing the tradition of HAND’s Annual Meeting, we welcome HAND members and friends to come together at the 32nd Annual HAND Honors. Join us for an evening of inspiration and connection where you’ll cultivate partnerships with changemakers and celebrate the accomplishments of affordable housing industry leaders.

We see you. We see the great obstacles that our communities face from day to day in the midst of unprecedented housing affordability and inventory challenges. We also see the work you are doing to build first-class homes that are affordable to our neighbors, the attention you put into your resident services programming and the impact of creating space for residents to thrive. Most of all, we see the incredible opportunities in front of us to work together towards a more equitable region. 

HAND is excited to announce that Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be joining us at the 32nd Annual HAND Honors as the Keynote Speaker. Secretary Fudge is our 2023 President’s Choice award recipient, HAND’s highest honor. This prestigious award recognizes Secretary Fudge’s state-of-the-art response to providing affordable housing and supportive services. Most importantly, her dedication to prioritizing racial equity across the spectrum of housing aligns so closely with the mission of HAND that we cannot wait to celebrate her achievements!

We will also recognize the outstanding triumphs of our other Housing Achievement Awardees, the Children’s Essay Contest winner and the first recipients of the new GenerationHAND Scholarship, benefiting local college-bound high school seniors. Don’t miss this special occasion to celebrate our members who are advancing our communities at The Kennedy Center (Nations Gallery, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC)!



5:30 PM 
6:30 PM 
– Welcome from HAND
– Keynote Address 
– Housing Achievement Awards
– Children’s Essay Contest Winner
– GenerationHAND Scholarship Awards
7:00 PM
Reconnect in-person with your friends and peers with
live music, spirits, exquisite cuisine stations and more.


  • 2 Passes
  • Event Page Mention
  • One Pass – $200
  • Full Color Ads – $800-$1450 
    Ad Spec Sheet
Miner Feinstein Architects
$250 Gift Card for Thatcher and Rye

Community Forklift
$100 Gift Card

Novogradac & Company
$100 Visa Gift Card

R4 Capital
$100 Visa Gift Card

International Spy Museum
Two General Admission Tickets



Interested in sponsoring this event? 
Check out the prospectus, which outlines each sponsorship level and the accompanying benefits. If you would like to donate a door prize or discuss sponsorship opportunities, email Courtney at cbattle@handhousing.org.


Housing Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2023 Housing Achievement Award Slate, highlighting HAND members creating real impact in communities across the Capital Region!

Best Small Affordable Housing Project Best Large Affordable Housing Project
of the Year
Racial Equity
In Action
The Robeson
Victory Housing
The Arden
Wesley Housing 
Housing Initiative Partnership
Christopher Earley
Instructor & Mentor
Capital Impact Partners
Secretary Marcia
L. Fudge
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


GenerationHAND Scholarship & Children’s Essay Contest Winners

Destin Marshall

Toromo Funsho

Hermon Weldegiorgis

Graduating high school seniors Destin Marshall (Housing Up resident) & Toromo Funsho (AHC resident services participant) are this year’s GenerationHAND Scholarship recipients! Our $10,000 scholarship recognizes the most outstanding college-bound students across the DMV. We are excited to acknowledge Destin and Toromo for demonstrating leadership, drive and a commitment to using their talents to serve our communities.  Hermon Weldegiorgis, a student in AHC’s resident service program, has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of our Children’s Essay Contest! We were very impressed with her essay on the theme, “I Am.” Hermon wrote about her goals, accomplishments, and wishes for a more equitable society. As the grand prize winner, Hermon will receive a $500 cash prize and a celebratory experience.

Register today to help us recognize our award recipients live on June 21!




Lori Glass
Baltimore City DHCD
Read Bio
Margaret McFarland, J.D.
Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development
Read Bio
Roy Priest
Housing Opportunities Commission
Read Bio



William Ferrell
Bank of America
Read Bio
Robert Margolis
TM Associates
Read Bio
Maia Shanklin Roberts
Preservation of
Affordable Housing
Read Bio
John D. Spencer
Saint Mary’s Housing Corporation
Read Bio




As always, HAND wants to ensure that our members have the“space and place” to nurture the relationships that are a cornerstone of creating more equitable communities. Attendees can expect to enjoy the soulful sounds of The Quincy Phillips Quartet while building connections and forming new partnerships at the 32nd Annual HAND Honors!



Amalgamated Bank
Arlington County – Housing Division
Ballard Spahr 
Bocarsly Emden Cowan
Esmail & Arndt
Boston Financial

CHANGE All Souls
Housing Corporation
City of Alexandria Office of Housing
City of Falls Church Housing
& Human Services
Colvin Institute
Corporation for Supportive Housing
DC Housing Authority
DC Housing Finance Agency
Enterprise Community Partners
Fairfax County DHCD
Gilbane Development Company
Good Success Community Development Corporation
Graham Company
Harkins Builders
Hessel Aluise & O’Leary

Homes for America

Housing Alexandria
Housing Initiative Partnership
Housing Up

Howard County Housing Commission
JBG Smith
Joseph Browne
Development Associates
Klein Hornig
Knu Design 
Low Income Investment Fund
Miner Feinstein Architects
Mission First Housing Group
Momentus Capital
Morgan Keller Construction
M&T Realty Capital Corporation  
National Equity Fund, Inc.
National Housing Trust
Neighborhood Development Company
NeighborWorks America
Nixon Peabody
Owner Rep Consulting
Pando Alliance


Preservation of Affordable Housing
Prince George’s County Department of Housing & Community Development

R4 Capital 
Reno & Cavanaugh
Seabury Resources for Aging
Skinner Consulting Services 
Somerset Development Company
Studio 343
Telesis Corporation  
The Capital Group
The Community Builders
The Lamb Center
The Michaels Organization
The NHP Foundation 
The NRP Group
Tiber Hudson
TM Associates
United Bank
Victory Housing
Volunteers of America
WC Smith
Wesley Housing

This event is an external rental presented in coordination with the
Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.