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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 Design Team is a small group of connectors, visionaries, and subject matter experts who support and guide our work to operationalize racial equity. HAND has curated this group of industry leaders who have been integral in shaping this work over the last several years. We are committed to working with the Design Team, HAND members and our greater network to translate ideas into action for a more equitable region.


In 2022, HAND members, allies, and partners participated in our four-part racial equity learning series titled Racism Can’t Live Here. With a cohort of 100 individuals, the series centered on building equity in access to housing by guiding participants in finding innovative and consistent solutions that can help tear down and redevelop divisive strategies and programs. The tool kit, which includes learnings from this year’s series, is a resource guide designed to assist anyone interested in creating an anti-racist region. We are proud of this year’s series. We want to thank our facilitators (Crystal Walker & Rachel Adams) for enhancing each session by leading engaging group discussions; our slate of expert speakers (United Way of Central Maryland’s 30/30 Experience, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Dr. Angie Luvara & Jeff Chang) for their thought-provoking sessions; and the program sponsor Wells Fargo for their support in actualizing this vital work!



During our fourth and final session, “We Gon’ Be Alright – Race and Resegregation in Today’s America,” we grappled with thoughts on how our communities can heal with the featured speaker and author, Jeff Chang. Building from those reflections, participants drilled down on plans of disrupting racism and inequities within housing.



If this series has shown us anything, it’s that continuing education and convening for HAND members and partners will be critical for addressing racial disparities in the Capital region. Continued racial injustices, the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and escalating police brutality call us to recognize that these dynamics are not new, and will take incredible time, energy, and resources to repair. We intend to continue our work on this topic through a variety of initiatives.



Missed the Spring 2022 series?
Check out our toolkit summarizing the learnings regardless of where you are in your racial equity journey!


Keep up with the latest on racial equity in our region!
If you’re not already receiving HAND’s Racial Equity Fast Five e-blast, you can sign up here.