2018 Annual Report: Letter from Leadership
Where you live affects the life you can have. It’s not just what we say at Enterprise – it’s what drives us. Because we know that a well-designed home made affordable and connected to opportunity is what helps all of us grow and thrive.
Last year, together with partners, our work helped create and preserve 55,000 homes across the United States. But we didn’t stop there. We’re proud to share our 2018 annual report and introduce you to people who live in places where we help create opportunity and build the community we all want: a neighborhood that paves the pathways to a better life with access to good schools, jobs, transit and health care.
The report unveils our unprecedented approach to improving people’s health where it begins: at home. We’re partnering with health care providers, including DMC Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, to address the social determinants of better health. We’re making a significant investment through our Health Begins with Home initiative, which will deploy $250 million over five years, and the Housing for Health Fund, which will preserve homes in more than a dozen Bay Area counties in California.
We’re also scaling ideas that work, like the “Village Model for Health” in Washington, D.C., at the Overlook at Oxon Run. Community Preservation Development Corporation (CPDC), which joined our Enterprise family last year, rehabilitated this 12-story apartment building and launched on-site health and wellness services that its residents now lead with pride.
As we build on last year’s progress, Enterprise remains focused on creating and strengthening connections to opportunity – and on ending the harmful practices that stand in the way. In 2018, we brought Undesign the Redline, an interactive exhibit tracing the history of housing discrimination and segregation, to four more cities: Cleveland, Denver, New Orleans and Los Angeles. The public response has been powerful.
We also continue to help communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover after Hurricanes Irma and Maria by providing technical assistance and resources, and by advocating for federal funds and policies to rebuild. And, as part of our Climate Strong Islands Initiative, we are leading a collaborative effort to write Keep Safe: Strategies for Puerto Rico Housing Resilience, a manual for building homes and communities to withstand future disasters.
Since the 2017 launch of Opportunity360, well over 100,000 people across the housing and community development sphere have used our data to make the case for affordable housing in their communities. Opportunity360 is also an integral component of our Opportunity Zones platform, through which we’re committed to advancing equitable and inclusive economic growth in communities across the country.
At Enterprise, our commitment to creating opportunity for people and communities has never wavered, but we continue to evolve, to innovate and to increase our impact as we face new challenges. And none of this would be possible without you. Thank you so much for your partnership and support.
Together, we’re building the community we all want.
J. Ronald Terwilliger, Chairman of the Board, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Laurel Blatchford, President, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Charles Werhane, President & CEO, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.