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.

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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 Matters@HAND, 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.


The Region’s Affordable Housing Challenge

DC: Despite minimum wage being $15 it would take 88 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental at fair market rent.

Maryland: An individual making minimum wage ($11) would have to work 102 hours per week to afford the same size home.

Virginia: An individual earning minimum wage ($7.25) would have to work 130 hours per week to afford the same size home.


This data coupled with the impacts of COVID-19 highlights the severity of the region’s housing affordability crisis. The added economic pressures stemming from the pandemic led to massive layoffs, furloughs and decreased work hours, putting millions of families at risk of eviction and ultimately homelessness. Further, we know that these co-occurring crises disproportionately impact communities of color, who were already more likely to receive substandard healthcare and lack access to basic services, living wage jobs and affordable housing.

As an activator of changemakers that collaborate in the preservation and development of communities where all can live and thrive, HAND envisions a region where everyone shares equitably in the knowledge, wealth and resources uniquely represented in and between Baltimore, Washington and Richmond. It is our responsibility – all of us across sectors and jurisdictions lines – to ensure that individuals and families at every income level can take advantage of all that the Capital Region has to offer.


What is My Right, My Fight?

The My Right, My Fight campaign (MRMF) brings voices to the growing housing affordability challenge – from community development professionals working to create housing opportunities; and from community members who are on the verge of displacement. These stories chronicle a diverse community united by a common theme: their right to stay and our fight to ensure they stay. The goal is to take a step back from housing as we know it – from units and square feet to the humans behind each home. Stories and imagery from MRMF will be featured on our website and via a PSA campaign across the region on WMATA Metrorail, buses and stations. Can we count on you to tell your story? 


Lend Your Voice

We invite you to share your stories with us, so that the campaign embodies the region’s rich diversity and experiences. To get started, complete the form below. Once received, the HAND Team will be in touch to schedule a date/time to capture photo and/or video to accompany your story.

We want to hear why it’s your right to live here in the region, in safe, decent, affordable housing. Do you have roots here? Are there more professional opportunities than other cities? Has housing affordability been a challenge for you? If you were pushed out of your home, what would that mean for you and your family? What would it mean for you to live AND thrive here? Word limit: 400 words

We need to hear why you work for residents to have safe, decent, affordable housing. What drives you? Why is this work so important to you?  Word limit: 400 words