July 21, 2017

Faith-Based Initiative Completes Two Training Programs

Faith Based Development Graduation

Enterprise’s Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI) recently wrapped up two of its annual training programs, both of which equip houses of worship to create affordable housing and community facilities.

On June 23, the second session of the Baltimore Faith-based Development Certificate Program celebrated its second class of graduates. The University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy continues partner with Enterprise in hosting this five-month certificate program, which trains Baltimore-area houses of worship that own land and have a vision to develop that land into affordable housing or community facilities and who want a better understanding of the real estate development process.

Five houses of worship completed this year’s session, and as part of the ceremony made presentations on their projects to a lender panel that included Linda Sorden of Enterprise Community Loan Fund and Ronnie Wooten of BB&T Bank.

Also participating in the graduation program were: The Honorable Bernard C. “Jack” Young, president of the Baltimore City Council; Dr. Roger Hartley, dean of University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs; Dr. Ann Cotton, director of the Schaefer Center; Rev. David Bowers, vice president and market leader at Enterprise; Lisa Hodges, principal of Hodges Development and the professor of the course; and Rev. David Franklin, pastor of Miracle City Church and a 2016 graduate of the program. The emcee was Marc Steiner, host of the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9. 

Check out photos from the event! You can also listen to a recent interview with Lisa Hodges on the Marc Steiner Show.

Enterprise and the University of Baltimore will begin recruiting this fall for the program's third cohort, which will begin in January 2018. Contact David Bowers at Enterprise for more information.

FBDI also completed its 2016-2017 DC Metro area training schedule in June. The final session of this year-long program included a case study of the Visionary Square development and the second Faith Leaders Luncheon. Visionary Square is a 47-unit affordable living community for seniors developed in partnership with Israel Manor, Inc., the nonprofit arm of Israel Baptist Church, and with Mission First. Elizabeth Askew Everhart of Mission First shared lessons from the development, and Veronica Harrison and Tondalaya Reed, members of the Israel Manor board, provided insights from the sponsors’ point of view. Seven houses of worship participated in the session, which included a tour of the building.

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