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HDF maintains academic partnership with a variety of institutions to enhance our approach to providing affordable housing. These partnerships range from limited-time engagements with consulting groups to full-time fellowship programs.

Interested in partnering with HDF? Get in touch to find out more.


Princeton University

Since 2005, the Princeton Project 55 Program has partnered with HDF to connect 11 recent grads with fellowships in affordable housing. Fellows have undertaken numerous projects across one- and two-year fellowships, including research, marketing, financial analysis, and fundraising.

The Princeton Project 55 program connects talented Princeton graduates with effective and innovative public interest organizations around the United States. P55 is a program run by Princeton AlumniCorps, founded in 1989 by the Princeton Class of 1955 to engage alumni in significant, lifelong public service.

Yale School of Management

HDF worked with the Yale School of Management Social Impact Consulting Club on  projects from 2013 to 2015. These projects included:

Social Return on Investment Impact Model

Using current and historical data on our first time homebuyers, the team was able to quantify HDF’s current social impact, and project our impact in the future.

Afterwards, we continued to use the SROI model to seek out new insights and to guide the focus of our work. This model was developed in 2013-14 and expanded in 2014-15.

In-depth Analysis of Leading CDFIs

The focus of the research was financial performance, scope of services, geography, partnerships, and growth strategies in CDFIs.

Due to the analysis, the team was able to determine the most favorable conditions for expansion in CDFIs across the nation. Furthermore, the team provided both short-term and long-term recommendations for growth.

The Social Impact Consulting Club (SIC) brings together nonprofit leaders and Yale MBA students to achieve positive impacts. SIC’s goals are to make a measurable impact on the success of the nonprofits we serve and foster a close relationship between Yale students and the greater New Haven community.


Stamford Mayor’s Youth Employment Program

Since 2014, HDF has hired City of Stamford high school students as interns through the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP). Several of these students continued to work part-time at HDF during the school year and helped us make great strides!

MYEP is a paid summer internship program matching Stamford High School juniors and seniors students with five-week positions. Interns spend four days at their workplace and attend leadership class on Fridays at the Government Center.

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