Commercial Real Estate

Revitalizing Neighborhoods — Without Displacement

We finance commercial real estate properties that lead to economic revitalization and the provision of direct services, aiming for projects with an impact on community wellbeing, job creation, and wealth building. Borrowers are typically from the following sectors:

  • Arts
  • Childcare
  • Community centers
  • Education
  • Food service and hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Housing (See Affordable Housing page.)
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Warehousing



As an affordable housing developer, it has been critical for Heleos to have CFE as a partner. Traditional banks view projects like ours as risky, despite that we have the credit history and expertise to make it work. CFE not only provides us with financing, but, by doing so, also de-risks projects, opening the door for other lenders to get involved, too.”

—Chris VanArsdale, Developer, Heleos

This Is CFE: Crisis Intervention

DC SAFE is the only 24/7 crisis intervention agency for domestic violence in DC. CFE’s loan helped finance the development of a mixed-use property that will provide emergency housing for as many as 700 clients and their families, almost doubling the organization’s capacity to offer short-term placements for those in crisis. DC SAFE does even more for the long term. The nonprofit helps ensure the self-determination of domestic violence survivors through court advocacy and system reform, too.