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HDF partners with a variety of academic institutions to enhance our approach to providing affordable housing. These partnerships range from limited-time engagements with consulting groups to full-time fellowship programs. Are you interested in partnering with HDF? Get in touch with us today!


Princeton University

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

The Princeton Project 55 Fellowships program connects talented Princeton graduates with some of the most effective and innovative public interest organizations around the United States. PP55 is a program of Princeton AlumniCorps, founded in 1989 by the Class of 1955 to engage alumni in significant public service activities throughout their lives, from the moment they graduate college to their encore careers.

Yale School of Management

HDF has engaged with the Yale School of Management Social Impact Consulting Club (formerly Non-Profit Consulting Club) on  projects from 2013 to 2015. These projects included:

  • a Social Return on Investment Impact Model, using historical and current data on HDF’s first time homebuyers to quantify our social impact and project future impact. We continue to use the SROI model to provide insights on the impact of our work and understand where HDF can focus our efforts. This model was initially developed in the 2013-14 year and further deepend and expended in the 2014-15 year.
  • an in-depth analysis of leading community development financial institutions across the nation, focusing on financial performance, scope of services and geography, partnerships, and growth strategies to determine the most favorable conditions for CDFI expansion and 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 have helped us make great strides!

MYEP is a summer paid internship program matching Stamford High School juniors and seniors students with paid internships across the city for five weeks, with a four day work week and a ‘leadership class’ on Fridays at the Government Center.

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