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HAND envisions a future where Black and brown communities share equitably in the knowledge, wealth and resources uniquely represented in and between Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Despite continued economic growth, the rise of inequality persists – with compounded inequities impacting communities of color, challenging their humanity and opportunity to realize their full potential. HAND remains committed to catalyzing research and bold solutions that realize the promise of a region where ALL can thrive.



Building the capacity of our members

HAND is a nonprofit membership collective comprised of over 450 institutions working across the private, public and social sectors to collaborate in the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Becoming a member of HAND grants you with opportunities to build the connections that are essential to advancing our shared missions. Through intentional discussion groups, technical trainings, networking events and more, HAND provides opportunities to connect with members across jurisdictions, from whom you can learn,
collaborate and grow.


Regional Problems Require Regional Solutions

Systemic racism, the uneven effects of COVID-19, and the shortage of affordable housing paints a portrait of the Capital Region’s housing affordability challenge. An all-hands-on-deck approach is required to deliver solutions that can solve for this challenge, and we must be equipped with the knowledge of where we stand in each jurisdiction to effectively meet the needs for housing supply and a more equitable region. The Housing Indicator Tool holds all of us accountable to addressing housing affordability with information on regional housing production and a comparison with established local housing targets.