July 19, 2016

Creating Just, Equitable Opportunity: The Strong, Prosperous And Resilient Communities Challenge

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Where we live makes a big difference on who we become. New and groundbreaking research proves it. Today, too many people across America don’t have a fair chance at success. Their home, neighborhood and broader community are detached from opportunities such as good schools, jobs, transit and health care. As a result, millions of families are struggling to pay their rent and unable to realize their fullest potential.

That’s why at Enterprise we work toward a clear vision: One day, every person will live in an affordable home in a vibrant community, filled with promise and the opportunity for a good life.

The belief that we all do better when everyone thrives is the foundation of a new $90 million initiative launching today: Strong, Prosperous And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC).  SPARCC’s goal is to influence the institutions, practices and policies that shape our cities and regions to create more just economic, health and environmental outcomes.

By working alongside communities, SPARCC aims to ensure that new investments in transit, infrastructure, climate resilience and health in major U.S. regions benefit people of color and low-income communities. SPARCC comes at a critical moment as cities and regions seek to create places of opportunity for all. In 2017 and beyond, efforts to make positive change will be accelerated by massive public and private sector investments in transit, infrastructure, climate resilience and health in major U.S. regions, directly impacting the lives of millions.

Through SPARCC, community members, local practitioners, policymakers and investors across the country will be brought together in a powerful new way to provide a platform for all people to shape the places they live. SPARCC invited 10 multi-disciplinary teams to apply to the challenge in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and Seattle/King County.

Six teams will be selected to receive access to a total of $90 million in grant funding, technical assistance, program support and financing to accelerate their efforts over the next three years. The final six SPARCC sites will also work together in a learning community to gather best practices and develop national models. While each site will have its own story of people and place, SPARCC is designed so that the sites learn from one another and leverage each other’s work and progress.

Enterprise is honored to collaborate with a number of innovative, high-capacity partners: the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, with support from the Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For more information about SPARCC, and to sign up for updates as the initiative evolves, please visit www.sparcchub.org.

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