Our Resilience

Leveraging Connections

2015 was a year of leveraging connections. LEDC understands that on the pathway to success no one goes it alone. We know that our clients’ success and our impact is rooted in our connections with our partners, supporters, and collaborators. It is these connections that make everyone who touches LEDC a part of our community. The stories featured here show how LEDC connected with the determination and talent of our clients to achieve great things with them, their families, and their neighborhoods.

Maria came to LEDC after a divorce put her finances and home in jeopardy. Yet, by connecting with us; she was able to save her home so she can pass it on to her children. Roberto connected with us to start his own business. After working 8 years for someone else, Roberto began pouring his expertise and elbow grease into his own company. Helen connected with LEDC and her fellow tenants to fight for their rights for affordable and safe housing. After years of moving around from apartment to apartment. Mr. Kassa worked with LEDC and one of our partner organizations to purchase a first home for his family. Adela connected to LEDC’s services to invest income from her first business venture into her lifelong dream of owning a hair and nail salon.

It is the connection and collaboration between our organization, our clients, and our partners in the community that led to these and many more successes in 2015. These connections lay the groundwork for opportunities for ‘éxito’ in 2016 and beyond!

TOP: LEDC team. LEFT: LEDC’s Executive Director Marla Bilonick RIGHT: Board Chair Noralisa Leo

What We’re About

Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses – but too many are unable to turn these dreams into a reality.

At LEDC, we equip 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. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, take control of the decisions affecting their apartment buildings, and start or expand small businesses.

The entire Washington and Baltimore regions are stronger when all families have the power to achieve financial independence and join with their neighbors to improve their quality of life.