October 4, 2017

Grants for Hurricane Relief, Rebuilding & Futureproofing

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Investing in Our Communities

In the communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the hard work of rebuilding housing, infrastructure and services has only just begun. The survivors of these devastating storms are now at their most vulnerable. Displaced from their homes, families are desperately looking for health care services and other vital resources as their neighborhoods assess the scale of the damage.

In Houston, at least 185,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and more than 30,000 people are staying in emergency shelters. And in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than 6,000 homes were demolished or are in disrepair, with more than 10,000 people in emergency shelters.

As these communities recover and regain their strength, soon they’ll also begin preparing for rebuilding. And, as we’ve learned from many past storms, and yet again after this most recent string of destructive hurricanes, simply rebuilding to current standards is not enough. More climate and extreme weather shocks are inevitable, and protecting people and the places where they live means futureproofing against flooding and other disasters now.  

For all communities, nonprofits and community development corporations (CDCs) serve as “social firehouses,” to use a term previously coined by Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality Chris Kui when he described the important role these organizations play in many vulnerable communities. Through our experience working in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in New York City after Superstorm Sandy, we know that in the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy, CDCs are the very groups that help hold together neighborhoods where people are scared and suffering and in need of critical services.


These are the organizations on the ground making crucial connections to government agencies that can help people secure transitional and permanent housing, food and supplies, case management, financial assistance and so much more. And, these are the organizations that can help communities “futureproof” themselves from the get go.

We have also learned that the rebuilding process needs to not only focus on making homes and communities resilient against extreme weather, but also well-designed and affordable. And these plans, and our communities, will only benefit if we invest in local nonprofits and CDCs.

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That’s why we are awarding grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofits and CDCs through the newly launched Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund to support short-, mid- and long-term recovery activities and expenses. The funds are made available through a combination of private and federal resources.

Enterprise has a long-standing investment in CDCs who are working to support communities through recovery from hurricanes. After Superstorm Sandy, we committed funding and technical support to 12 affordable housing partners operating in New York and New Jersey, who collectively stewarded 14,000 units of affordable housing. With our support, owners like Community Investment Strategies and Asian Americans for Equality develop emergency plans for their vulnerable facilities, repair their hurricane-impacted facilities and become leaders in developing resilient affordable housing helping to influence the affordable housing development field.

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We’re committed to helping stronger, more equitable communities rise in the wake of these storms. And we stand ready to leverage our policy, programmatic and financial resources, and draw from our experience helping to lead rebuilding efforts following hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Submit your proposal via SlideRoom by December 31, 2017.

If you have questions on the proposal process, eligible use of grant funds or the selection process, send them to recovery@enterprisecommunity.org.

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