Fought redlining, provided low-interest loans for home repairs, and supported home sharing for seniors. Chartered as a Public Development Authority.
Began renovating and acquiring affordable apartments to meet the growing need for affordable housing.
Built one of the first LEED Silver affordable housing developments in the city, Broadway Crossing.
Launched the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict to promote a socially equitable, environmentally resilient and culturally vibrant neighborhood.
Built 12th Avenue Arts, a unique combination of affordable housing, arts and cultural space, local retail, and community office space in the heart of Capitol Hill’s arts district.
Launched Rise Together, a collaborative campaign across six partners to bring community-driven equitable development to three neighborhoods.
Opened the Liberty Bank Building in the Central District, in partnership with Africatown Community Land Trust, the Black Community Impact Alliance, and Byrd Barr Place. This was also the first building developed by Community Roots Housing with over 100 apartments.
Opened Station House apartments above the Capitol Hill light rail station targeting LEED Platinum. Capitol Hill Housing changed its name to Community Roots Housing after engaging with over 600 community members and partners.
Today, we are fully grounded in the knowledge that community members know best what they need to thrive.
Benefiting from decades of learning and listening, we are even more committed to community-centered development. We honor a community’s strengths and assets, are honored to work in community, and form collaborations with the people and organizations who share roots there. We work with service providers, funders, and hundreds of community members to create and preserve affordable homes, protect community space, stabilize arts and cultural institutions, and generate opportunities for small businesses to prosper.
We are a citywide Public Development Authority (PDA) and the Community Development Corporation (CDC) for Capitol Hill.
As a PDA and a CDC, we provide programs, offer services, and engage in other activities that promote and support community development. These designations further commit us to serving the community.
The Community Roots Housing Foundation supports us and our mission.
The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds to sustain operations and support specific initiatives of Community Roots Housing. The Foundation also leads communications and supports advocacy outreach in the community.