February 15, 2017

Policy Focus: Communities of Opportunity

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This is the final part in our series highlighting Enterprise's key policy areas in 2017. 

The government has a responsibility to protect people from housing discrimination and residential segregation. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) clarified those obligations for state and municipal governments under the Fair Housing Act.

We will work with Dr. Carson and the administration to bring to light the many injustices that made Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing so necessary. It is essential that President Trump:

  • Renew the commitment to AFFH.
  • Ensure fair housing obligations are implemented respectfully on the community level.
  • Work with state and local governments to pursue policies connecting low-income families to opportunity.

Read on to see why protecting these crucial programs is our top priority, and about the many ways they’ve already helped people and communities thrive.

In U.S. News & World Report: Advocating for housing policies to further fair housing.

Promoting equitable transit-oriented development for all: In Denver, Jack Avila knew he needed to live in a transit-accessible area with a rent he could afford

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Blog series: "Building Justice" by City Limits and our New York team on the intersection of race and housing policy.

Resource: An Investment Opportunity: A Bold New Vision for Housing Policy in the U.S. 

Resource - An Investment Opportunity.pngThis report lays out Enterprise’s long-term policy platform, which offers a set of federal, state and local policy changes to address America’s growing rental housing crisis and create communities of opportunity across the country. The platform includes 23 discrete policy recommendations built around four strategies for reform:

  • Ensure broad access to high-opportunity neighborhoods.
  • Promote comprehensive public and private investments in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Recalibrate our priorities in housing policy and target scarce subsidy dollars where they're needed most.
  • Improve the overall financial stability of low-income households.

Laurel Blatchford in TIME: Hurricane Matthew will hurt African Americans and low-income people most.

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The High-Cost Cities Housing Forum brings together leadership from nine of the most expensive cities in the U.S. 

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Video: "Home is a place to have a good future."


A healthy community is inextricably linked to quality, affordable housing connected to opportunity. 

The effects of living in an unaffordable, poor-quality or disconnected home stretch far beyond the housing market. In the struggle to make ends meet, the most vulnerable families make the deepest cuts, spending nearly 40 percent less on food, 50 percent less on clothing and health care, and 30 percent less on insurance and retirement savings than families living in a home they can afford. 

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