Washington, D.C. Summer 2019: Our 2018 Annual Report | Affordable Housing Preservation | Entrepreneurs of Color | Inclusive Food Systems


A recent study identified that Washington, D.C. experienced the most intense gentrification in the country from 2000-2013. That impacts all aspects of life for District residents, forcing individuals and families already experiencing economic hardship to make difficult decisions. Capital Impact Partners continues to foster innovative strategies and partnerships to expand access to long-denied resources and break down systemic barriers so that community members in our own backyard can determine success for themselves.

Our 2018 Annual Report: Amplifying Assets

Looking back at our journey through 2018, both as an organization and as a country, it is no surprise to us that Merriam-Webster’s “word of the year” was justice. The meaning and implications of justice were central to important conversations taking place in communities across the United States.

While we are pleased to see attention brought to this critical topic, justice – or the lack thereof – is an issue that we have wrestled with for decades. That is why justice – racial, social, economic – is core to our own mission and is a critical conversation that we seek to drive every day through our work.

In our 2018 Annual Report, read our stories  – like that of Juan Reid of D.C.’s Tightshift Laboring Cooperative – and watch new videos featuring individuals and families who have been empowered to succeed through our work in partnership with communities and organizations. Also, see highlights of our continued impact as we seek equity, justice, and opportunity for all.

►Learn More about Our 2018 Impact

►Read Our Leadership Letter

Preserving and Creating Affordable Housing for District Residents

Across Washington, D.C., the cost of housing is rising beyond the reach of many District residents. That puts them at risk of losing their homes, where some have lived for years, even generations. To address the significant need for affordable housing in the D.C. area, Capital Impact took on the role of fund manager for the city’s Affordable Housing Preservation Fund (AHPF), which is preserving affordable housing across the city, supporting residents to remain in their communities.

Ridgecrest Village, our first loan under AHPF, is a great example of how the Fund is preserving housing and opportunity for District residents. Located in Ward 8’s Congress Heights neighborhood, Ridgecrest Village is a community of 272 apartment units that house approximately 900 city residents. About 10 percent of residents within the complex have lived there since the 1970s. When the complex owner decided to sell, tenants of Ridgecrest Village were able to use D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act to select a developer to buy the property through AHPF, preserving the affordability and making way for tenant-designed improvements. Now this community can control its future and financial stability, and can take advantage of an increasing amount of amenities across the city.

Empowering Entrepreneurs and Communities of Color in Washington, D.C.​

Equitable Development Initiative – D.C.

In March, Capital Impact held a conversation about ways to increase opportunities for minority real estate developers in Washington, D.C. to participate in the region’s booming development landscape. Development around the Washington Metropolitan area is booming, yet with so much opportunity, the pool of real estate developers still does not reflect the region’s diversity. To increase those opportunities, we are launching our Equitable Development Initiative in the Washington Metropolitan area. EDI targets flexible capital and capacity building tools to minority developers to reduce barriers to entry and strengthen their business enterprises while promoting equitable community development, particularly affordable housing for communities of color.

We are accepting applications for the Equitable Development Initiative now through July 31st.

For more information about EDI, e-mail us at edidc@capitalimpact.org.

►Apply Now for the Equitable Development Initiative

►Learn More about EDI

Entrepreneurs of Color Fund

In February, we joined JPMorgan Chase to announce the expansion of the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund in the Washington, D.C. area. The Fund will support local minority entrepreneurs from northern Virginia to Baltimore to drive business growth through access to capital and technical assistance and aims to:

  • preserve and grow minority-owned businesses in commercial corridors;
  • cultivate a new generation of minority housing developers (EDI); and
  • streamline anchor institution procurement.

With Capital Impact working as fund manager, the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) will provide low-cost capital with business advisory services, including networking support and business coaching to minority small business owners in the region. Additionally, the Harbor Bank of Maryland will lead efforts to provide low-cost loans and business support to minority businesses in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, MD.

JPMorgan Chase is seeding the loan fund with a commitment of $3.65 million, alongside a $2 million commitment from Capital Impact Partners and a $1 million investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, for a total of $6.65 million. This effort builds on existing Entrepreneurs of Color Funds in Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and the South Bronx.

►Read Our EOCF Fact Sheet

►Learn More about the EOCF Initiative

Expanding Equity through Inclusive Food Systems

Food access is a basis necessity for creating vibrant, healthy communities. However, many communities, particularly communities of color, have unequal access to healthy food. In December 2018, we held a convening to explore how local food systems can be better financially supported in Washington, D.C. Community members, government officials, and representatives from community-based organizations engaged in a lively discussion envisioning how food systems can foster economic opportunity, better health outcomes, racial equity, and self-determination for District communities.

Alongside capital and technical assistance, the group identified the need to include communities at the beginning of community development strategy, and in fact, allow communities to set these strategies, as they have the best knowledge of community needs and viable solutions. Many communities have been working to address the need for healthier food and increased employment opportunities, and that insight can be integral in creating lasting transformation with support from Community Development Financial Institutions and others. Capital Impact has held follow-on meetings to drill down on more concrete steps that Capital Impact and others can take to foster an inclusive food system in the District.

Check back soon for our convening report!

►More about Our Inclusive Food Systems Convening

Where You Can Meet Our Team

Meet the Capital Impact team at upcoming events across the Mid-Atlantic! We will be attending and presenting at several conferences and events, including the following: