Columbia Heights Village - Washington, D.C.

Enterprise Community Loan Fund is committed to building opportunity in neighborhoods across the country through strategic investments in housing, health care, education and other community facilities or businesses. By creating new financial products to fill market gaps, aggregating capital from a variety of sources and structuring investments in ways to mitigate investor risk, Loan Fund has a rich history of strengthening local communities.

This year's Social Return on Investment Report shows the impact of keeping over 400 homes affordable in a high-opportunity neighborhood. The report looks at how Enterprise investment helped fill a critical financing gap to preserve the affordability of Columbia Heights Village, home to 406 households in Washington, D.C. We feature the stories of residents and staff to help tell the impact story of CHV.

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Impact Stories

Meet Latisha

Latisha Chapman grew up in Northeast D.C., often moving between her mother's and grandmother’s homes. She has a lot of gratitude for her home at CHV, which has a beautiful 10th-floor view. Latisha has held a variety of jobs and is now focusing on getting a full-time job through an agency for temporary office work. 

"I’d been on many other housing waiting lists for longer. I was grateful thatI was able to move into Columbia Heights Village as quickly as I did. The accessibility plays a huge part for CHV. Here you’ve got the Circulator, the bus, and the metro. You’ve got so many options and the convenience is great."

Meet Josephine

Josephine Hodges, the current vice president of the Columbia Heights Village Tenant Association, moved to CHV over 30 years ago with two of her younger children. Retired from the Metropolitan Police Department, Josephine is very involved in resident engagement at CHV. Josephine first joined the CHV Tenant Association as a way to help serve the families living in CHV. “I realized that families weren’t getting everything they needed,” she says. She now runs one of the CHV Tenant Association’s programs that helps residents experiencing food insecurity get access to groceries. Josephine is proud of the work that has made CHV a stable home for many.

Meet Freddy

Freddy Zelaya works for WinnResidential, the property management company onsite at Columbia Heights Village. Freddy lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood and has enjoyed working at CHV for seven years, building relationships with residents and improving the development. He appreciates the challenge of upgrading an older building and the satisfaction of working directly with residents to constantly improve CHV.

"It’s not in all jobs that you can make a real impact in people’s homes and lives every day.“

 

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