Enterprise Testimony & Public Comment

Enterprise staff members provide statements, testimony and public comment on public policies affecting affordable housing and community development to the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch.

Learn more about the policy issues and priorities we testify and comment on.

2016 Testimony and Public Comment

The 2017 State of New Mexico Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Draft Qualified Allocation Plan 

  • On October 7, Enterprise submitted comments to the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) on the 2017 Draft Qualified Allocation Plan regarding green building standards and cost-effectiveness measures.

HUD Proposed Transition to Small-Area Fair Market Rents in administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program

  • On August 2, Enterprise submitted comments to Establishing a More Effective Fair Market Rent System: Using Small Area Fair Market Rents in the Housing Choice Voucher Program Instead of the Current 50 Percentile FMRs

2015 Testimony and Public Comment

HUD Proposal on Small Area Fair Market Rents in Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • On July 2, Enterprise submitted comments to advanced notice of rulemaking on Small Area Fair Market Rents.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Major Capital Investment Grant Program

  • On May 8, Enterprise submitted comments to the proposed interim policy guidance for the Major Capital Investment Grant program.

Senate Finance Committee Community Development and Infrastructure Tax Reform Working Group

  • On April 15, Enterprise submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee's Community Development and Infrastructure Tax Reform Working Group.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

  • On February 15, Enterprise Community Partners submitted comments on Later Assessments of Fair Housing Submission Dates for Certain Entities under HUD's proposed AFFH rule.

Section 202 and Section 811 Programs

  • On January 15, Enterprise submitted comments to HUD on its proposed rule for Section 202 and Section 811 programs. Enterprise urged HUD to implement necessary programmatic changes, while ensuring long-term affordability for existing senior units and continued compatibility with the Housing Credit.

2014 Testimony and Public Comment

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)

  • On November 25, Enterprise commented on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool. Enterprise suggested numerous improvements to the Assessment Tool, including the need for more questions related to community-driven revitalization efforts and housing preservation strategies that counteract the displacement that occurs as a result of gentrification.

HUD Consortia Rule that Allows PHAs to Consolidate Resources and Administration

  • On September 9, Enterprise commented on HUD's proposed rule streamlining requirements applicable to formation of consortia by public housing agencies. Enterprise indicated support for the proposed rule because it would provide families with greater housing options and mobility.

Small Multifamily Building Risk Share Initiative

  • On January 3, Enterprise Community Partners submitted public comments in support of the Federal Housing Administration's proposed Small Multifamily Building Risk Share Initiative. The letter applauds the program as a way to expand capital to small multifamily properties, which are a critical source of affordable rental housing.

Transit-Oriented Development

  • On October 14, Enterprise along with partners submitted comments expressing support for TOD research and technical assistance.
  • On August 29, Enterprise submitted comments on the Metropolitan Planning Process.

2013 Testimony and Public Comment

Dodd-Frank Act Implementation - Aligning the Qualified Residential Mortgage and Qualified Mortgage Standards

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Overview of Applicability to HUD Programs

Housing Finance Reform

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

  • On September 17, Enterprise, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and National Housing Trust (NHT) submitted joint comments on HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. The letter supports HUD’s overall goal but recommends that the final rule to be revised to ensure that jurisdictions feel empowered to revitalize distressed areas and preserve existing affordable housing as well as promote mobility to high opportunity areas. In addition, the letter recommends that HUD address capacity concerns at the local and federal level and provide greater clarity around the data and other key program requirements.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Section 8 Rental Assistance

  • On February 21, Enterprise joined several of its partners in submitting a letter to the Senate Banking Committee urging action on voucher reform legislation. The letter outlines a list of high priority reforms that would ease administrative burdens for housing agencies and owners, deliver fairer and more efficient assistance to low-income families, provide new tools to leverage private capital for affordable housing preservation and development and encourage self sufficiency.

Promoting Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing and Community Development

Archived Testimony and Public Comment