ANHD’s 11th annual Community Development Conference, Fight Forward, is a 4-day series event, select days in September and October, located throughout New York City, in the communities we serve. ANHD’s conference will engage housing advocates, small business leaders, organizers, economic justice practitioners, government employees from the city and state, financial investors and regulators, and academics.

Each event will include hybrid panels with limited in-person seating and unlimited virtual viewing of timely community development sector conversations that help us rethink community development to advance racial equity and re-center our most marginalized communities and community members. Key topics include wealth building for Black Indigenous People of Color, race-blind policies, small business displacement, and land use equity. Scroll down to learn more about each event. 

Registration is now open for our first event! 

  • Register here for tickets to the Queens Land Use Justice event only, 9/13
  • Register here for member and non-profit, government, and ally packages, including tickets throughout the series (9/13, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20)
  • For Cororate Sponsor packages, email


Setting Community Principles to Build Power for Land Use Justice and Equity

New York City’s current planning paradigm continually puts communities in a reactive position, forced to push back, with limited time and resources, on inequitable proposals that do not meet community need. Local groups and elected officials who craft statements of community principles - based on data, an equity framing, and community-crafted solutions - offer an important step towards a more proactive position and approach. This panel will explore what we mean by community principles, how local groups and electeds can use them to increase their power, and what it points us towards in the fight for a more equitable planning process in New York City.


  • Brooklyn Borough President, Antonio Reynoso (Moderator)
  • New York City Council Member, Julie Won, District 26, Queens
  • Executive Director, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Sandra Lobo
  • List in Formation

Date: Tuesday, September 13th

Location: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

Registration Information:

  • Register here for tickets to the Queens event only
  • Register here for member and non-profit, government, and ally packages, including tickets throughout the series (9/13, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20)
  • For Cororate Sponsor packages, email

Event Time Line:

  • 9:00am - 10:00am - Pre-event Walking Tour for ANHD Members and sponsors led by CAAAV

  • 10:00am - 10:30am - Check-in open and networking

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm - Panel discussion

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Reception


Keeping us in our homes: Ensuring Small Homeowners and their Tenants Thrive

Housing security and stability for low-income homeowners and tenants are often considered separately or to be in tension with one another. Yet in many Black, Latinx, immigrant, and communities of color, owner-occupied homes with rental units are the most viable option for both affordable homeownership and tenancy. These "small homes" present their own challenges of financial sustainability and safety while offering pathways to thriving, community-controlled housing. This panel will examine shared challenges, interests, and solutions for this unique stock and what it means for homeowners and renters alike in New York City.

Date: Thursday, September 29th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD, Brooklyn
Registration Information: Forthcoming

Keynote Speakers: 
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Moving Towards More Impactful Policies and Solutions to Fight Modern-Day Redlining

Decades of redlining have and continue to prevent people and communities of color from buying homes, investing in small businesses, and building wealth. What happens when policies designed to address injustices are not race-conscious, and not designed with equity from the start? This panel will explore what modern-day redlining is and how it is impacting our NYC communities. Hear examples, stories, research, and ideas from community groups and policy researchers on how people are countering modern-day redlining and what NYC could be doing to undo it.

Date: Thursday, October 6th
Time: TBD
Location: Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr, Manhattan, NY 10027
Registration Information: Forthcoming

Keynote Speakers: 
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Patterns of Small Business Displacement and the Power of Merchant Organizing


Residential tenants in New York City and State have a history of effectively coming together to fight rising rents and other displacement pressures brought on by landlord speculation and gentrification. Commercial tenants, and specifically, small businesses, have the potential to organize and gain the same and other needed protections. Building merchant organizing power, especially in low-income and historically marginalized communities, is a key action to help ensure small businesses remain in our neighborhoods and can support residents who rely on their small businesses to access essential and culturally relevant goods and services, as well as jobs. This panel discussion brings together practitioners working to understand patterns of small business displacement and organizers and merchant leaders building power to confront it.


Date: Thursday, October 20th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD, the Bronx
Registration Information: Forthcoming

Keynote Speakers: 
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In-person attendees are asked to comply with all New York City and New York State guidelines at the time of the event. As of July 8, 2022, New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends wearing masks in all public indoor settings as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19, as well as around crowds outside.



All conference event spaces are fully accessible by wheelchair and are ADA compliant.

ANHD will also have interpretation accessibility incorporated into our events.



The official ANHD Conference Hashtag is #BuildCommunityPower

Follow the event series along on Twitter and Instagram @ANHDnyc for up to date info and recaps!


ANHD’s new, reimagined conference event is an event in transition, with an array of new logistics unfolding. If you have a question, please feel free to outreach to ANHD’s Director of Operations, Lauren Nye.