Your Five Top Reads for June
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1. Terri Ludwig in The Hill: Why Congress Should Invest More in Housing
Enterprise CEO Terri Ludwig highlights increased Congressional support for vital housing programs, such as the Housing Credit, Section 4 and HOME — and the opportunity they create — in the fiscal 2018 budget, and calls on members to continue showing the same commitment to affordable, well-designed homes in communities connected to opportunity in the 2019 budget.
2. White Paper: Proven Local Strategies to Address the Housing Crisis
A new Enterprise white paper by Ahmad Abu-Khalaf highlights proven strategies for boosting the supply of affordable housing and reducing costs. It draws on the successes of some of the country’s most expensive areas, offering communities guidance on addressing the scarcity of affordable homes and the rising cost of development.
3. Triumph Over NIMBY Attitudes Is Not Only Possible, but Necessary
Communities of all shapes and sizes nationwide are literally waking up to the reality that finding an affordable home is more difficult than ever before. In the National Association of Counties County News, Dr. Tiffany Manuel, our vice president of Knowledge, Impact & Strategy, discusses ways to combat NIMBY — "not in my backyard" — sentiments and re-position affordable housing as a shared public concern.
4. Recovering and Rebuilding in Florida in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
In 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wrought destruction across communities from the Gulf Coast to Puerto Rico, disrupting lives and destroying homes. Enterprise created the Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund to support short-term relief and longer-term efforts in the most heavily damaged areas. This post is the second in a grantee Q&A series.
5. House Committee Approves Landmark Disaster Recovery Bill
The House Committee on Financial Services voted last week to approve the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2018, which would permanently authorize the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. Please reach out to your representatives to help ensure passage by the full House.