Member Benefits

As a HAND member, you have access to a wide array of benefits, educational opportunities, business tools, industry resources and most importantly the largest network of housing and community development practitioners in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond.

Value of HAND Membership
Whether you’re a nonprofit organization taking advantage of our free capacity building sessions, a real estate firm seeking a development partner, or an advocate working to advance housing policy, HAND members are working collectively to build and preserve vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities accessible to all our residents throughout the Capital Region.


A Wealth of Resources at Your Fingertips
As a member of HAND, you are our most important asset, which is why we are pleased to provide you with the following benefits:

Free & Discounted Rates to HAND Capacity Building Series

Educational forums designed to enhance job performance and customized to various career stages.

An emerging leader initiative designed to support the unique needs of practitioners who are on the rise within the affordable housing and community development industry. The goal of this initiative is to provide needed tools and guidance to our developing leaders as they pursue successful careers in the public and private sector.

Affinity Groups
Peer to peer sessions for members to share ideas, lessons learned and challenges specific to their job.

Membership Meetings
Seminars that cover timely topics on trends and tactics impacting affordable housing and community development issues.

HAND Webcasts
HAND’s training and capacity-building series is a wonderful way for members to make valuable connections in person. In cases where it makes most sense to convene virtually, we are prepared to make the appropriate shifts to ensure we can still provide content to the membership. As a webcast participant, members can expect the same quality material (often including case studies that demonstrate real examples around the Capital Region), expertise from experienced industry professionals and engaging dialogue.

Regional Policy Activations

Housing Indicator Tool (HIT)
The HIT platform is a one-of-a-kind resource necessary for holding all HAND members (private sector, philanthropic and government) accountable to addressing the affordable housing crisis.

Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington
HAND is a member of the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG)– a collective of public and private sector leaders concerned about housing affordability. The group was set in motion to examine:

  • the nature of the affordable housing shortage in the Greater Washington region;
  • the relationship of housing affordability to economic growth;
  • and strategies to increase affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households in the region.
Endless Opportunities to Network & Connect

Website Directory
Detailed web profiles for all members providing excellent promotional opportunities for your organization.

Member Mixers
Bump elbows with decision makers and connect with future partners
and clients.

Connect with Key Leaders
Access to public and elected officials across multiple jurisdictions.

Industry Events
Reduced rates to conferences and other events hosted by HAND’s partners.

Join one of our committees to weigh in and shape HAND’s programming
and activities.

Career Center

Salary & Benefits Survey 
HAND’s Salary & Benefits Survey provides its non-profit member base with critical data and information to ensure organizations are competitive in the provision of salaries and benefits offered to their employees.

Employment Listing
Use HAND’s website to find new talent for your organization.

HAND Grant Programs Supporting Our Nonprofit Members

Training Grants
$200 grants available to nonprofit members to reduce the cost of professional development training not provided by HAND.


Members Only Portal
Our exclusive Members Only Portal is a one-stop shop for event registration, networking opportunities, training resources and more!

Members Only E-Lists
Online space within the portal for members to share resources, explore ideas, and most importantly – collectively act on solutions to serve our communities. 

News & Notes
Bi-weekly e-blast, keeping members abreast of all HAND events, key funding updates and activities in the affordable housing industry.
Sign up for the distribution list here.

Helping HANDS Blog
HAND’s blog for members to post organizational highlights, success stories, areas of need and much more.

Social Media Leverage
Propel your organization’s Social Media Highlights by connecting to HAND’s Social Media Platforms via Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


Housing Achievement Awards
Nominate your organization for the Housing Achievement Awards, recognizing the most innovative housing developments and solutions across the metropolitan region.

Children’s Essay Contest
Youth residing in HAND member properties are eligible for the Children’s Essay Contest with a chance to win cash prizes!

Low-Cost Membership Dues



Small Nonprofit Organization (10 employees or less)

Large Nonprofit Organization (more than 10 employees)

Consultant (revenues in excess of $10,000 annually)

Government Agency

For-Profit Company

Ready to Join?
In only a few short steps, you’ll be on your way to becoming a HAND member.