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Dream big, and City First Enterprises will help you make it happen with our customized approach to lending.

Yes, you can develop more affordable housing, expand childcare enrollment, or scale your nonprofit. You can carry more inventory for your small business, upgrade systems for energy efficiency, or finally buy that building.

CFE is people focused, history informed, and data driven – members of and experts in the communities we serve. As a mission-focused lender, we get capital where it makes the most impact — for you, your family, and your community to thrive.

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This Is CFE: High-Quality, Affordable Childcare

The line for a spot at a Northeast DC child development center had been so long that the waitlist exceeded 100% of capacity. In partnership with CFE, the center launched a second location so they could add 100 critically needed spots for the families they serve — most of whom work full time and rely on DC childcare subsidies to pay the monthly fees.

The ripple effect: 100 children benefiting from high-quality childcare, 100+ adults with reliable childcare, 1 under-resourced neighborhood receiving investment, and 26 jobs created.

Building Equity: Homes by CFE Paves the Way for Ms. Godwin's Homeownership

Our innovative new program aims to bridge the homeownership gap for Black and Latino families in the DC region, offering up to 20% of the home’s purchase price for down payments and additional purchase assistance. Ms. Godwin joined the first-ever group of successful Homes by CFE borrowers. Discover her inspiring journey to homeownership.

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