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.

2017 Testimony and Public Comment

Testimony on Legislative Proposals to Increase Economic Growth

  • On April 14, Enterprise submitted testimony to the Senate Banking Committee responding to a call for “legislative proposals that will promote economic growth and/or enable consumers, market participants and financial companies to better participate in the economy.” Enterprise’s testimony makes the case that investments in affordable housing must be part of any federal strategy to promote strong and inclusive growth. It then lays out six specific proposals for the committee.

Comment Letter to the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) on the EB-5 Program

  • On April 11, the Accelerating Impact Investing Initiative (AI3), which is co-led by Enterprise Community Partners and Pacific Community Ventures, submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on its proposed rulemaking for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The AI3 urged DHS to strengthen the EB-5 program’s impact on underserved communities by including incentives that would encourage investors to pursue social and economic outcomes beyond job creation, such as the creation of affordable housing.

Comments to the Department of Treasury on Satisfying the Required Qualified Allocation Plan Preference Concerning Concerted Community Revitalization Plans

  • On February 10, 2017 Enterprise submitted comments to the Department of the Treasury on its notice regarding standards for concerted community revitalization plans in the allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (Housing Credit).

2016 Testimony and Public Comment

Letter to Senators Cantwell, Hatch and Wyden: Support for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016 (S.3237)

  • On December 19, the High-Cost City Housing Forum (HCHF), a peer-to-peer group that is comprised of the local housing commissioners from nine of the most expensive cities in the U.S. and convened by Enterprise Community Partners, submitted a letter to Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Orrin Hatch (R-PA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) expressing support for the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016 (S.3237).

Letter of Support for the Social Impact Partnership Act (S.1089)

  • On November 15, a broad coalition of 35 nonprofit organizations, including Enterprise and the Accelerating Impact Investing Initiative (AI3), submitted a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) urging passage of Social Impact Partnership Act (S.1089), a bipartisan legislation that would expand federal support to state and local social impact bonds (SIBs).

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.

Comments to HUD on the its 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.

Proposals to Address America’s Rental Housing Crisis

Comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on its Proposed Duty to Serve Rule

  • On March 16, Enterprise submitted these comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on its proposed Duty to Serve rule, which requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to support certain segments of the mortgage market that are traditionally underserved by private investors.

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