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Lydia La Motta
Director of Engagement
Growing up in Arlington and studying Fine Arts at GWU, I've been lucky to have always called the DMV home. Even luckier, when I moved into the city fell in love with the Bloomingdale neighborhood, which led me to Nest in 2015. I have loved working with our clients and residents to ensure a stellar rental experience all the way around. What's been especially important to me as I lean into the intricacies of this city is to understand how we are all affected by the lack of fair & affordable housing; and how we build better communities when we're informed and engaged with our neighbors. These days, catch me in Eckington with my dog, Hank, or on the trails and rivers around our beautiful city!


Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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