Cynthia Russell, Marjan Murray, Bob Palermo

Senior Homeownership Advisor, HDF

Nurse and HDF Client

Nurse and HDF Client

Chief Community Impact Officer, FCCF

Chairman and CEO, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners

Greg Schiefelbein, Joan Carty, Elise Coleman, John Wooten

Mayor of Stamford

Landlord and HDF Client

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HDF’s First Time Homebuyer Program provides free homeownership counseling and education to low- and moderate- income families like those featured in the Benefit program. These essential services prepare HDF’s clients to be successful homeowners. Please support this important work by making a donation of any size by clicking the ‘Donate Today’ button. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to making homeownership a reality for families in our community.

Four Walls. One Dream. No Barriers.


Welcome to HDF’s Virtual Benefit celebrating our 30th Anniversary! While we are disappointed that we cannot celebrate this important milestone with you in person, we are excited to present a special program and share with you the outcomes of HDF’s recent work in our community. Our program this year will feature HDF’s clients, two of whom work in the healthcare field and will share their experiences serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and what home ownership has meant to them. We are also delighted to announce the creation of Stamford’s first community land trust, which will bring permanently affordable homeownership housing to the City’s South End Neighborhood.

We are grateful that you are joining us for this exciting event. Thank you for sharing HDF’s commitment to creating stable, affordable housing for our neighbors; together we will continue to build stronger communities, one home at a time.

With all good wishes,

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30th Anniversary Client Collage

Photo collage of HDF clients through the years

HDF Donates 600 Units of PPE to Bridgeport Public Schools

In admiration of the students, teachers, and staff who continue to prioritize high-quality education despite turbulent times, HDF’s annual Benefit Breakfast charitable donation is dedicated to Bridgeport Public Schools. The second-largest school district in Connecticut, Bridgeport Public Schools serves over 20,300 students across 39 schools and programs. HDF is proud to donate 300 face shields and 300 disposable face masks. These items will be worn by the nursing staff at the Bridgeport Public Schools. Here, President and CEO Joan Carty is pictured presenting the personal protective equipment to Lizette Earley, the Nurse Supervisor for Bridgeport Public Schools at Bridgeport City Hall.

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1989 - 1999

1989 - 1999

  • Executed 1st multifamily loan pool
  • Launched 1st multifamily loan program
  • Certified as a Community Financial Development Institution
  • Launched Residential Lending Program
  • Received CDFI grants for loan loss reserve
  • Received grant for down payment assistance
  • Merger with Adopt-A-House, an Interfaith Council program
1989 - 1999
1999 - 2009

1999 - 2009

  • Key participant in Stamford Housing Summit
  • Launched “Live Where You Work” fund
  • Launched SmartMove loan program
  • Launched Foreclosure Intervention Counseling program
  • Initiated Mortgage Modification Forums
  • First Princeton Fellow
  • Testified to Senate Banking Committee
  • Wachovia NEXT Finalist
  • $3M Housing Trust Fund award
  • $2M gift from Interfaith Council
  • $950K CDFI Fund award
  • 25th multifamily deal completed
  • 500 multifamily units financed
1999 - 2009
2009 - Present

2009 - Present

  • Joined NeighborWorks as charter member with exemplary rating
  • Received Charities Bureau approval for New York state
  • Launched Landlord Entrepreneurship Affordability Program (LEAP)
  • Established Fairfield County’s 1st Community Land Trust dedicated to affordable housing
  • $1.45M from CDFI fund for LEAP
  • $1M from DECD for LEAP
  • $410K grant from CEFIA for Cozy Home
  • NeighborWorks Megacommunities grant
  • $950K CDFI Fund award
  • $200K Bank of America Neighborhood Builder award
  • $3.9M from NeighborWorks Project Reinvest Program
  • $3M from CT Department of Housing
  • 2000th SmartMove Homebuyer
  • 2000 units of multifamily rental housing financed
  • 3000th homebuyer
2009 - Present

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