Equipping Latinos and other underserved communities in the DC and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities.



Advocacy campaigns are channels through which participants work together to make sure that public officials are held accountable to the people they represent.

Coalition for the Fair Redevelopment of Wheaton Campaign

Coalition for the Fair Redevelopment of Wheaton CampaignThe Coalition for the Fair Redevelopment of Wheaton is a collection of Montgomery County residents, small business owners, and nonprofits that seek to ensure that the existing community is able to benefit from the redevelopment project of Wheaton's downtown.

The Coalition is composed of more than 1,200 supporters including Montgomery County residents, Wheaton small businesses, patients receiving services within the Mid-County Regional Services Center, and nonprofits including LEDC, CASA de Maryland, Impact Silver Spring, and Proyecto Salud.

After successfully advocating in 2012 for key planning studies and the strengthening of small business financial assistance legislation, the Coalition is now calling for a “written pledge” for the existing Wheaton community and full, adequate funding for the Small Business Assistance Program.

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tenant purchase campaignTenant Purchase Campaign

Apartment building sales across the District threaten to displace thousands of residents from their homes. 

Tenants working with LEDC and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development’s Housing for All Campaign are working to compel the DC government to prioritize the public funding necessary to help residents use the District’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) to buy their buildings – an indispensible tool in the growing movement to keep the District affordable.

Before the passage of TOPA in 1980, there were only 7 cooperatives in the District. Since its passage, residents have formed more than 100 cooperatives, including at least 31 cooperatives since 2000. 

By purchasing their buildings and converting them into cooperatives, residents are able to take control of their housing and keep it decent and affordable for the long-term.

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Success Story

  • Budget Fairness in the District of Columbia +

    Budget Fairness in the District of Columbia. In May 2012, LEDC worked with partner organizations in the District of Columbia Read More
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