More than anything, LEDC believes in the families that it serves: with the right support and resources, they can live in affordable homes, build small businesses, and spark community growth. The only organization providing bilingual wealth-building services in the entire region, it aims to drive the economic and social advancement of low to moderate-income Latino residents. In homeownership counseling, LEDC walks families through each step of buying a house, from credit repair to application packaging; mortgage and foreclosure advising is available for those who are struggling. And by educating and empowering tenants, LEDC helps to prevent displacement and secure housing for very low-income renters. After stability comes growth; and through microloans, financial services, and individual business coaching, it helps aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders compete and thrive. LEDC is all about turning ideas and aspirations into realities – with your help, please.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

“Small Business Initiative of the Year” at the 2008 Business Premier Awards sponsored by the DC Economic Partnership;

2009 Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award from the DC Department of Environment;

Erick Gutierrez, Regional Housing Director received the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs 2009 Hispanic Heritage Award;

Manny Hidalgo, LEDC's Executive Director, is the recipient of the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2009 EXCEL Award for outstanding nonprofit chief executive leadership.


Budget (FY2016)

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  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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