Series Overview

Join ANHD for our 12th annual Community Development Conference. This year’s Conference will feature events throughout October, including intimate in-community events held throughout the city in partnership with ANHD members and allies, culminating in a Fight Forward Finale event on Thursday evening, October 26th.

Week 1

Fight Forward: An Opening Discussion on Community Development

Live Streamed

Tuesday, October 3

In Community: on Responsible Banking 

The Tenant Impact of Signature’s Multifamily Collapse

A Working Conversation

Wednesday, October 4

Week 2

In Community: on Small Business

Collaborative Redevelopment in Kingsbridge

A Walking Tour

Tuesday, October 10

In Community: on Housing

Exploring the Intersections of Housing, Homelessness, and Criminalization

A Conversation

Thursday, October 12

Week 3

In Community: on Public Space

Future Visioning for an African Burial Ground

A Walking Tour 

Wednesday, October 18

Week 4

In Community: on Land Use

Why We Need Industrial Business Zones

A Bus Tour

Tuesday, October 24

Fight Forward: Finale Event

A Fireside Conversation

Thursday, October 26


Attendees will include:

  • ANHD members, including Community Development Corporations, Settlement Houses, and grassroots organizing nonprofits 
  • Housing and Equitable Economic Development leaders
  • Fair lending advocates
  • Financial institutions
  • Environmental justice groups
  • Small business owners and supporters
  • Government agency representatives
  • Public officials
  • Public policy researchers and academics

For general questions/comments or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Lauren Nye, Director of Operations.


October 3 | Fight Forward: An Opening Discussion on Community Development

ANHD will turn 50 years old next year, and so will many of our members and the tools and programs that we have established to support a robust community development ecosystem in New York City. As we launch our 12th annual conference event series and plan for the next 50 years of community development in New York City, we hope you will join us online for an opening conversation with representatives from the ANHD membership and ally organizations, where we will discuss the past and present community development landscape.

Speakers (In Formation): Stay tuned, we’ll be inviting long-standing nonprofit developers, organizers, and other community development representatives from the ANHD membership to talk with Barika X. Williams on our past and hopes for the future affordable housing and equitable economic development movements.

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Live Streamed



October 4 | In Community: on Responsible Banking

The stability and affordability of NYC’s multifamily housing are central to NYC’s housing stock. Signature Bank’s collapse has major impacts for ANHD member groups who organize tenants in Signature-financed buildings. This event will include a panel that consists primarily of tenant leaders and organizers to discuss what bad lending looks like, its impact on tenants living in those buildings, and what are solutions to prevent bad lending and better conditions for tenants. We will then have a breakout session where the panelists will be in small groups with attendees to reflect on and answer questions about the panel.


  • Moderated by: Jean Henry, Lead Organizer, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
  • Yonatan Tadele, Housing Organizer, Cooper Square Committee
  • Adam Blazej, Tenant Leader, Tri-Hill Coalition
  • Jacob Udell, Director of Research and Data, University Neighborhood Housing Program Inc.
  • Rolando Guzman, Deputy Director, Community Preservation at St. Nicks Alliance
  • Organizing member from the Full Time Tenant Union

Time: 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY



October 10 | In Community: on Small Business

Small businesses play an important role in local wealth-building, and contribute to the social fabric and cultural identity of the neighborhood. The redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx - a project that recalls similar large-scale economic development projects like the Barclays Center - can either be an opportunity for collective ownership and community wealth in the Bronx, or a threat to the existing fabric of the neighborhood. Merchant organizing efforts, led by the Kingsbridge Road Merchants Association and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, are focused on ways to bring local small businesses into the fight against that potential threat and make sure the project benefits existing neighborhood businesses and residents. Join us for a walking tour as we learn about the community and collective ownership and community wealth building ideas during this proposed redevelopment process. 

Speakers (In Formation):

  • Sandra Lobo, Executive Director, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
  • Small business owners from the surrounding Kingsbridge/Armory commercial corridor

Time: 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Kingsbridge Road, Bronx



October 12 | In Community: on Housing

The topics of housing, homelessness, and criminalization are intertwined and, in many ways, inseparable, but they often get treated as separate issues and siloed movements. This panel will bring together leaders who have lived experiences with housing insecurity, homelessness, and criminalization. We will explore the connections between these issues and how we can bridge our work across them as a unified movement for racial and housing justice.

Speakers (In Formation):

  • Latrice Walker, New York State Assemblymember
  • Bea De la Torre, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Trinity Church Wall Street
  • A participant from Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
  • A participant from Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (RAPP)
  • A participant from Picture the Homeless

Performance by cellist Jacob Cohen

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY



October 18 | In Community: on Public Space

GrowHouse Community Design + Development Group, in collaboration with Creative Urban Alchemy, are developing creative activations around the Flatbush African Burial Ground. They are supporting a community engagement process to establish a long-term vision for the space. Join a walking tour and learn about the visioning for this site and the broader work to develop a Black history corridor connecting sites of resistance and connection in Central Brooklyn. This project is one of five public space activation projects being supported by ANHD and the Urban Design Forum, supporting public space cultivation and the opportunity for communities to shape their own future.

Speakers (In Formation):

  • Leaders from GrowHouse Community Design
  • A Representative from the Urban Design Forum

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location: Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY



October 24 | In Community: on Land Use

The industrial sector plays a crucial role in New York City’s economy. Yet today, it is under constant threat from speculation and competition for its limited amount of land. Come see firsthand the importance of the industrial economy and the vital role it plays in ensuring a more equitable New York. Join us as we tour the North Brooklyn and Maspeth IBZs and hear from business owners, advocates, and allies, about the crucial and exciting work we’re doing to put industrial business zones on a firmer footing and ensure NYC’s industrial sector can survive and grow.

Speakers (In Formation):

  • Leah Archibald, Executive Director, Evergreen
  • A representative from the Business Outreach Center
  • Industrial Business Zone owners

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Various locations in Maspeth and North Brooklyn



October 26 | Fight Forward: Finale Event

Join ANHD, members and allies as we reflect on our in-community events from the past month and close out our 2023 event series. This event will focus on how we advance racial equity in our work, including in our practices, decision making and resource allocation. We intend to have over 300 affordable housing and equitable economic development practitioners and stakeholders the room for a special fireside conversation (to be announced soon), networking and more. 

Speakers (In Formation): Stay tuned, we’ll have a keynote speaker, followed by a panel of long-standing nonprofit developers, organizers, and other community development representatives to talk through the future of racial equity in community development.

Time: 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

Location: The Theater at City Tech, CUNY, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY




General: ANHD’s conference series will be a mostly all in-person event series across New York City this October. Our first event will be live-streamed, and all other events will be in community spaces across the five boroughs, usually with an interactive component and a space for conversation. Individual tickets are available via Eventbrite, and group and sponsor packages are managed by connecting with Lauren Nye (

In-Person COVID Protocols: In-person attendees are asked to be fully vaccinated and comply with all New York City and New York State guidelines at the time of the event. We support masks to protect vulnerable populations and will have masks on-hand at all events. ANHD will also have hand sanitizer available. 

Accessibility: All conference event spaces are fully accessible by wheelchair and are ADA compliant. If you have any questions or accommodation or service requests to fully participate with us, please contact Director of Operations Lauren Nye at at least 15 days prior to the event.

Social Media and Hashtag: The official ANHD Conference Hashtag is #BuildCommunityPower. Follow the event series along on Twitter and Instagram @ANHDnyc for up-to-date info and recaps!


Consultants, Vendors & Partners

ANHD is hosting our events across the five boroughs in Harlem, Kingsbridge, Flatbush, Maspeth, the Lower East Side, and more. ANHD is prioritizing working with an array of local and MWBE consultants, vendors & partners. They include:

Partner Organizations

ANHD has partnered with several organizations to bring you the content for this year’s Conference. Learn more about their work through the links below. 

Host Sites

  • Bronx Library Center
  • Evil Twin Brewing
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • The Theater at City Tech, CUNY
  • University Settlement

Food Services

Operational Support