2016 Overview of our efforts and impact


Equitable Transit Oriented Development (eTOD)

  • eTOD in Chicago maximizes existing transportation assets to connect low- to moderate- income residents to quality housing, schools, jobs, heath care and recreational amenities to ultimately improve their quality of life and support a thriving and more resilient region.
  • In 2015-2016 a cohort of ten (10) nonprofit partners received $390,000 to support eTOD predevelopment, planning and other capacity building initiatives. We awarded additional grants TOD efforts in 2017 2018.
  • Enterprise convened eTOD cohort meetings with the cohort, and worked in partnership with the Center for Neighborhood Technology to develop an eTOD site selection and community impact assessment tool.
  • eTOD Laboratory event attracted more than 100 participants representing a wide diversity of developers, public sector partners and community groups.
  • Enterprise’s Chicago office partnered with the South Suburban Mayors and Manager’s Association (SSMMA) to structure $500,000 in predevelopment grants for TOD sites in the south suburbs. Our Chicago team worked with SSMMA and representatives of south suburban municipalities to identify, assess, and prioritize sites for funding. Nine municipalities were selected to receive predevelopment grants in fall 2016.


Enterprise Sustainability Exchange (ESE)

  • We also wrapped up a 2nd successful ESE cohort year. We congratulate both our Year 1 and 2 ESE members for achieving outstanding sustainability milestones; and our recently selected Year 3 cohort for proposing exciting sustainability goals.
    • Y1 2014-2015: Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Heartland Housing Inc., Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, IFF, Mercy Housing Lakefront
    • Y2 2015-2016: Claretian Associations, LUCHA, Thresholds, Turnstone Development Corporation, The Resurrection Project
    • Y3 2017-2018: Aeon & the Prospect North Partnership, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation (CMHDC), LUCHA, Heartland Housing Inc., Space Fund NFP
  • ESE cohort members collectively own over 12,000 homes in Chicagoland and the Midwest. They are working together to create sustainable communities through their efforts to improve existing buildings, engage residents, and to build green homes and communities. We provided $444,000 total to ESE cohort members in 2015 and 2016, plus technical assistance. We also provided grants to groups for the 2014-2015 ESE program year.
  • Other ESE highlights from 2016 include:
    • Water conservation pilot program with Elevate Energy and Y2 cohort. Enterprise is preparing a case study on the pilot impacting 14 multifamily buildings (541 units). Average anticipated savings for a five year period are $20,257 per building. Savings are driven by increasing City of Chicago water rates, which went up 286% between 2008 and 2015, with additional increases by 2020.
    • Green Resident Engagement Collaborative in partnership with USGBC IL. Collaborative pairs 10 volunteers with 10 buildings owned by Year 1 cohort members Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Heartland Housing Inc., and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. Volunteers will use Enterprise’s resident engagement toolkit to engage residents in 2017.

Please stay tuned for public ESE trainings and our water conservation case study to be released in 2017.


Preservation of Affordable Housing in Strong Markets

  • We supported the launch of the ROOTS (Renters Organizing Ourselves to Stay) model in Chicago by providing technical support and financing to project partners. With the leadership of Communities United, who identified the need to preserve affordable housing in their community of Albany Park, Enterprise provided a $5M line of credit to the Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Consortium (CMHDC) to purchase and rehab foreclosed two-, three- and four-flat buildings.
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky called the effort a “unique and collaborative effort to save 44 units of affordable housing and halt the displacement of families.”
  • We will work to scale the organizing and financing mechanisms developed through the ROOTs model in 2017. Read the Chicago Tribune take on ROOTS. Enterprise wants to recognize the generous support of State Farm Insurance Company to the ROOTS initiative.
  • Continued working to achieve the goals of the single room occupancy (SRO) preservation ordinance. Efforts included hosting an SRO rehabilitation charrette in September 2016 in partnership with Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA). Enterprise and LBBA are also developing an SRO rehab case study which will be released in 2017.

Health and Housing

  • Provided technical assistance to northwest suburban municipalities in collaboration with the Northwest Housing Partnership, and the North West Suburban Housing Collaborative. Communities impacted include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows.  Of those communities, we presented community-specific aging-in-community workshops in Mount Prospect and Rolling Meadows.
  • Committed $145,000 in capacity building grant funds to support older adult housing and Lifetime Communities initiatives by Korean American Community Services, Villa Guadalupe Senior Services, and The Resurrection Project. These groups will engage in capacity building activities and participate in LCC activities in 2017 and 2018.
  • Hosted a Charrette to provide specific TA to 3 projects implementing best practices to create communities for people of all ages. The charrette used the Enterprise Green Communities Aging in Place charrette toolkit to guide site selection and design processes.
  • Partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to host a regional convening on older adults that attracted 75 participants.

Nurturing innovation with capacity building grants

In November 2016 we awarded a total of $950,000 in Section 4 capacity building grants to twenty-three (23) housing and community development nonprofits the Midwest, including grants awarded in Chicago, Detroit and Twin Cities Metro areas. Grants awarded included:

  • $575,000 to fourteen (14) Chicago and Twin Cities metro organizations focused on equitable transit-oriented development (TOD), environmentally sustainable housing development and management, and Lifetime Communities.
  •  $375,000 to nine (9) Detroit metro organizations focused on revitalizing Detroit. Our new Detroit market office continued steps to sustainably and equitably revitalize Detroit.
  • See a list of all grants awarded in 2015 and 2016 in the Chicago, Twin Cities and Detroit metro areas.
  • The grants we awarded in 2016 build on the success of our 2015 grant round, which provided $1.2 million to grantees in Chicago, Detroit and Twin Cities metro areas.
  • Organizations who applied and were not funded should submit a letter of interest for our next round of funding, which we currently anticipate for spring of 2017. If you have questions about the next funding round, please send an email to both Dean Porter-Nelson and our grants and contracts team. Groups can also apply through our Rural and Native American RFP.