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The Congress Heights Partnership (CHP) is a community-based 501(c) 3 dedicated to connecting all stakeholders as we build a more equitable and inclusive future in Congress Heights.

Why is Congress Heights the Soul of the City?

The Soul of the City community narrative was born out of an extensive community engagement process with a broad cross section of neighborhood stakeholders. 

Built around elements of hometown pride, a desire for inclusive growth and an honoring of Black entrepreneurship and culture, Soul of the City is more than a community identity. It is an expression of joy and a “brand” that residents and workers proudly embrace. It’s also a rallying cry for an economically, socially and culturally inclusive future for Congress Heights, where both new and longtime residents can attain quality housing, access jobs and opportunities, build wealth and enjoy a network of beautiful places and neighborhood amenities. 

Our Mission

The Congress Heights Partnership is a catalyst for collaboration, designed to convene community dialogue and respond to the concerns of Congress Heights residents, Ward 8 businesses, developers, and investors while serving as a trusted clearinghouse of in-depth knowledge and analysis to amplify Congress Heights’ opportunities.

Our Vision

We are an agile, community collaborative and an influential advocate realizing the full potential of Congress Heights—a community where residents are autonomous and self- supporting and where environmental, physical, and economic wealth is created, now and for future generations.


  • Anacostia Coordinating Council

  • Bright Beginnings

  • Community College Preparatory Academy

  • Congress Heights Community Training and Development Corporation

  • Cedar Tree Academy PCS

  • District of Columbia

  • Emerson Collective

  • Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative

  • Georgetown University

  • The Well

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