Ready to Respond Tools for Resilience

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19 retrofit strategies to make buildings more resilient against extreme weather events. Over 100 training videos on disaster preparedness, building infrastructure, resident engagement and more.

Our Ready to Respond Tools for Resilience were developed to help affordable housing organizations make their buildings resilient, prepare their staff to handle emergencies and ensure their residents remain safe.  View the Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience webinar for an overview of the background and guiding principles of the Ready to Respond manual.

These tools will help you:

  • Communicate and coordinate with residents and external stakeholders during a variety of emergencies
  • Ensure housing infrastructure can sustain shocks from a variety of emergency events
  • Maintain business continuity during an emergency event
  • Support compliance with the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and its new criterion: Design for Resilience

These strategies will help affordable housing organizations of all sizes manage shocks from major disasters and develop the resilience needed to adapt to future emergencies.

Become Ready to Respond: Futureproofing your Public Housing Facility - 2016 Webinar series

Open Grant Opportunity: Design for Resilience

Applications are now open for our Design for Resilience grant program.

This program provides $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities due to climate, and then to identify and implement meaningful actions in response. 

Across the nation, heatwaves, droughts and floods have become more frequent and more severe, increasing risks to people, homes and infrastructure. Low-income communities are on the front lines of this damage, and they continue to be the most vulnerable. Short-term displacement from affordable housing units can lead to long-term homelessness, temporary business closures can lead to a neighborhood-level economic downturn and disruption of community services can lead to an extended loss of service continuity. Investing in at-risk housing infrastructure before disaster strikes is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect residents and property while strengthening their ability to weather the severe storms ahead.

Through this pilot program, we will identify five affordable housing development organizations located in different regions of the United States who are at the predevelopment stage of their projects. Both the construction of new affordable housing and the rehabilitation of existing buildings are eligible to participate in this pilot, and we intend to select a mix of project types for the program which are likely to be vulnerable to a variety of hazard types. Applicants should apply with a specific property in mind on which they will implement this work between August – December of this year. 

The purpose of our Design for Resilience program is to better understand and support the capacity needs of affordable housing organizations to protect their properties, residents and core assets from extreme climate impacts. This pilot will inform future efforts by Enterprise to develop tools and resources that will assist developers in creating resilient portfolios and will support resilient design and development for the affordable housing community around the nation. 

Responses to this RFP must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 21, 2017 via SlideRoom

Questions? Contact And, please register for our webinar on Monday, July 10 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT for an overview of the program and an opportunity to address your questions on the application process.